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Mensa Deathsquad has released their new single titled ‘Light’. Mensa Deathsquad is the project from musician Brandon Phillips, member of bands The Gadjits, The Architects, and Other Americans. Brandon gives the sense with this track that he is in a musical cocoon. Awaiting that magical change into something brilliant and beautiful. ‘Light’ has that hook and feel of rough rock electronic explosion with the angst of anarchy and the pulse of progression. This says ‘bring on 2022!’.
About Mensa Deathsquad & ‘Light’
“‘Light’ was the first song I wrote with musician Barb Morrison (Antony and The Johnsons, Blondie, Deborah Harry) as my music mentor and it set the tone for both where I wanted to go with my new music and how Barb and I would work together,” explains Brandon. That tone embodies pulsing club kicks and throbbing waves of synthesizers slamming headlong into jagged post-punk guitars and emotionally raw vocals about a desire so powerful that simply admitting it’s existence would set fire to heaven and earth.
This is the first release of a larger work coming from Mensa Deathsquad in 2022 and it lays bare the passionate catharsis of Brandon’s new writing direction. “Barb was like, ‘Write a song, but don’t think about it… Just fucking sing.’ So I threw together a beat and hit RECORD and started singing words into the mic,” says Brandon. “Now, I cannot emphasize enough how absolutely agonizing this was. Even in an empty studio, my inner-critic was erupting with this withering rage like, ‘You fucking idiot! You have nothing written down!’ I keep singing this bit over and over and I start sweating… So I just string some words together in my head and hit RECORD. Without thinking about it at all in that one take I delivered the line exactly as you hear it now – the lyric, the melody, the whisper part – all unplanned. When I listened back, I choked up. I started bawling like you would not believe, but this voice in my head was like, ‘Don’t you dare stop now!’ So I blew my nose and finished the song and swore to myself not to change a single note.”