Daily discovery: Adrian + Meredith combine self-therapy and social reflection in new polka-pop track “DOA”
In a style best described as ‘thug folk’, an East Nashville-based duo Adrien + Meredith have taken their roots and run the distance to their next second album, Bad for business. The pair came out with their debut More than a little in 2016. In the nearly five years since their debut, the Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, Michigan natives, respectively, have fused their old-fashioned punk-rock and traditional influences in a smooth amalgamation of roots. almost Balkan. Rock.
Their new track “DO A,” delves deeper into this imaginary soundscape, navigating the duo’s tangled maze of musical influences with a wanderer’s mind. Despite their titular damnation, the duo insist that “DOA” is actually a “summer wellness song.” Through the sentiment “Dead on Arrival”, the duo urge listeners to “live in the moment, have fun, create problems, take nothing for granted”.
Adrian wrote the song over ten years ago while living in Washington, DC. “At the time, I felt completely exhausted from the hustle and bustle of the city,” he shares in a recent interview with American Songwriter. “When we released it in 2019 for this record, I reworked the lyrics and the form, but in a lot of ways I think I felt similar. 250 dates a year will do that to you in addition to a city changing birthplace of Nashville.
Released on Friday July 30, “DOA” is one of the lightest lyrical contributions to Bad for Company-due August 20.
Recorded in the living room of their mid-century home in East Nashville with friends like Paul Niehaus (Justin Townes Earle, Calexico), saxophonist Ken Francis Wenzel (Carlos Santana, Bobby Parker) and banjo player Fats Kaplan (Jack White) ), Bad for business is a cheeky sound exploration. Over 11 tracks, artists take their waist-deep dedication to transgender exploration. There, in uncharted waters, Adrian + Meredith found a platform that looked less like a soapbox and more like a channel of empathetic energy.
A dizzying socio-political climate served as a source of inspiration for the artists. The songwriting on the album is a direct response to their perception of world events in 2019. Although the work predates the pandemic, prints of political polarization are weaving throughout the protest-style syndication. For Meredith, songwriting weaves its way through the turbulent landscape.
“It’s a great combination of self-help and social reflection. We’ve been playing music our entire lives, and there’s no better feeling when you write a hook that you’re an immediate fan of. It stays in your head until you finalize lyrics that match the mood of the song, ”she shares. “It’s a unique experience to make creative art and show off to the world. “
Although loaded with lyrics, Adrian + Meredith’s music still induces a clap-or-stomp response, making it easier for their ideas to enter the ears of their listeners. For the duo, this album is the product of a reflection on their initial musical intentions, which got them into the creative process in the first place. What they have found, after years of touring internationally, is “good music, good lyrics, good people and authenticity to be at the forefront of every song.” As storytellers, they seek to share their experiences in a way that transcends the boundaries and boundaries that divide different communities and corners of the world.
“We feel a great sense of responsibility and privilege to be able to create connection and empathy through these songs,” said Meredith. “Creatively we had a lot of fun making the record, and much of it was recorded in our home in Nashville. So from our house to yours, the release feels like the circle has come full circle. “
Watch Adrian + Meredith’s lyric video for their new “DOA” version below. Pre-order their next LP Bad for business, here.
Photo credit: Joshua Black Wilkins
Bad for business List of tracks
2. Bad for business
3. East TN shit
5. Hangover eyes
6. Too far
8. Children today
9. Who stole the Kishka
11. Valley view
Adrian + Meredith Tour Dates
06/24 – Ledgestone Vineyards – Greenleaf, WI
06/25 – Tumbled Rock Brewery – Baraboo, WI
06/27 – The Big Fruit Oak – Madison, WI
01/07 – Waterfront Park – Harbor Springs, MI
02/07 – Stiggs Brewery – Boyne City, MI
03/07 – Lake Ann Brewing – Lake Ann, MI
08/12 – Fox River House – Appleton, WI