Phony’s debut album Songs You’ll Never Sing comes out on October 18 via Smartpunk Records, and they just released the first video from the album. Behold, Dr. Ayahuasca.
“The song musically is supposed to emulate if Rivers Cuomo from Weezer took acid and how that would effect their pop-rock formula,” says Neil Berthier, the man behind the project. “Lyrically, it’s about a time an ex-lover and I took psychedelics during Mardi Gras a few years ago. It was midnight, and she told me she hadn’t heard a lot of classic rock, specifically The Beatles or Jimi Hendrix. We lit 20 candles in the small studio apartment bathroom and sat in a bubble bath for four hours playing with this red ribbon in the water. Needless to say, it was an incredible experience, and the classics never die.
“In regards to the video, there’s something endearing and equally unsettling about clips of everyday life through a distorted lens,” he adds. “We tried to fit that vibe while matching the tempo of the song, which conveniently created an atmosphere similar to how tripping on psychedelics would go in most cases. The ironic part is Zack is straight edge, and he absolutely nailed the experience. All of the footage is from Venice, Vienna, Prague, and New Orleans, so the challenge was to make all of these visually appealing places seem uneasy yet feel natural at the same time.”
Photo by Vanessa Valadez