Following up the announcement last month of her sophomore album Do Your Worst (due out on June 10th, 2022 via Carpark Records) and the release of rollicking first cut “Eve Polastri’s Last Two Brain Cells Have A Debate,” today Erin Anne has shared a second new track from the album, “Echo Park Vampire,” a delightful, aughts-invoking, riff-laden reflection on love.
Speaking on the track, Erin says: "This is the best love song that I’ve ever written because it’s about my girlfriend, Lindsey, my favorite person I’ve ever met, who is in my band, played bass on this song, and wakes up next to me every morning. Its texture is inspired in part by Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” and in another part by the spooky, early 2000s indie music that would play at the Bronze, the bar frequented by the main characters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Bronze hosted bands like the Breeders, Aimee Mann, and Cibo Matto, and it was always teeming with really hot vampires. I thought I’d have a little fun with that trope because Lindsey and I used to stay up so late hanging out together when we first met—sometimes until the sun came up. It’s about the exhilaration of new love and the sometimes out-of-character things it makes you do.”
When the whole world collapses around you, sometimes the only thing you can do is stomp it all loose. Erin Anne's second album, the gleaming, electrified Do Your Worst, charts that uninhibited romp through disaster. Written amid the rubble of personal grief and professional disappointment, later exacerbated by the devastation of a global pandemic, the record deepens Erin's venture into the blur between human and machine, adding a new roster of digital instruments to the mix. Drawing on dark, glossy '80s synthpop as well as the unabashed bombast of bands like The Killers, the L.A.-based songwriter deploys a cyborg persona to articulate a feeling of displacement from the world as a queer artist struggling to survive the machinations of late capitalism. With bright, interweaving synthesizers and ripples of Auto-Tuned vocals, Do Your Worst poses a dare to the world: Whatever you have in store, I'll take it standing.
Erin began writing her second album not long after adding a MIDI keyboard and vocal processing hardware to her home studio setup. While exploring her new gear, she found that she could work in the same vein as the artists and producers she loved the most. Do Your Worst takes inspiration from the music of Patrick Cowley, the disco and hi-NRG producer best known for working alongside Sylvester. Erin was taken by Cowley's use of vocoder on the 1982 album Mind Warp, where his distorted vocals create a queer, mutant subjectivity. That album rang out against the cataclysm of the AIDS epidemic; Erin found resonance in Cowley's music during the present-day pandemic. "I have found the most catharsis and the most safety in listening to the music of people in really, really horrific circumstances making something lasting and profoundly beautiful," she says.
TRACKLISTING 1. Monday Feeling 2. Loose Cannon Club 3. Eve Polastri's Last Two Brain Cells Have A Debate 4. Naked Minumum 5. Mirror Mirror 6. Do Your Worst 7. Echo Park Vampire 8. Florida 9. This Hungry Body 10. Underground