We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of People’s Blues of Richmond’s re-recording of their song “Cocaine Powder” (listen below). The original version was an acoustic track off their album Good Time Suicide.
Bassist Matthew Volkes commented on re-recording the song:
We had flown out to California for a West Coast tour and had a day off in San Francisco, and our friend Pamela Parker, an engineer at Hyde Street Studio, invited us to come do a session . Hyde Street Studio has a lot of history there a ton of amazing artists have recorded there including Dead Kennedys, Grateful Dead, Santana, CSNY, Cake, Green Day, Tupac… the list goes on forever so we immediately said ‘yes.’ When we play ‘Cocaine Powder’ live it’s always super manic, loud, and has a lot of dramatic changes. We wanted to record something that had that same element.
People’s Blues of Richmond guitarist Tim Beavers commented on the inspiration behind “Cocaine Powder”:
I wanted to write a song about a drug which not only talked about the substance but imitated its effects. I’ve always had a deep love for music that starts off calm and then loses its shit and my drug abuse over the years has caused a lot of my behavior to mirror that of a person suffering from bipolar disorder. ‘Cocaine Powder’ is a bipolar song. The verses are slow and riddled with depressed sentiments about coming down, while the choruses are uptempo manic episodes full of positive affirmations about cocaine abuse. Originally I wrote about 20 ridiculous verses for this song but I edited it down to my favorite six. I wrote it with an acoustic guitar so we did a version in that vein when we recorded our second album. We’re excited to show the world this new and even more raucous projection of the modern day crazy person.
12/27 – The Broadberry, Richmond, VA
12/29 – The Gramercy Theater w/ Marcus King Band, New York City , NY
12/31 – Baltimore Soundstage w/ Marcus King Band, Baltimore, MD
1/11 – Shakedown Bar, Vail, CO
1/13 – Oskar Blues Black Buzzard, Denver, CO
1/14 – Oak Room, Longmont CO
2/10 – High Watt w/ Marco Benevento, Nashville, TN
2/17 – Sweetwater Brewing Company w/ The Dirty Heads and Twiddle, Atlanta, GA