Brooklyn noise-pop trio A Very Special Episode has released their newest album entitled Freak Me Out. Imagine learning your most unassuming co-worker was in a cult. They never hid this from you, but you never expected it. That’s one of the themes of the album which showcases the band’s catchier side. Like the band’s prior release, Freak Me Out was still inspired by film and television, but the album has less cinematic lyrical themes and relates that influence to real life.
Vocalist/Bassist Kasey Heisler had the following to say:
“We wanted to allow for more pop-style melodies. We were inspired by Halsey’s record with Trent Reznor, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. She laid her vocal sensibilities overtop heavier music, and it slaps!”
Guitarist Patrick Porter added more about the cult aspect of the album:
“At some point, I realized that local music scenes and cults had some ‘fun’ parallels. They require faith, financial sacrifices, and of course, public humiliation. Local DIY scenes are mini utopias that are community-based, very wholesome, and built on volunteer work. It’s all done because everyone believes in the greater cause of culturally shared music.”
Stream the new album Freak Me Out below and keep checking back for more from A Very Special Episode!