Making a retro-futuristic attack on synth-drenched electro rock, OTHER AMERICAN’s second self-titled EP dives head first into its confrontational nature. The band (featuring members of The Architects, The Gadjits, Radar State, and Late Night Callers) will be releasing the EP on October 1, 2019, expanding on the immersive collection of songs from their first release (2018’s also self-titled Other Americans), introducing another side of the band while carrying the same self-titled badge. The Other Americans EP includes five brand new songs, as well as three additional remixes courtesy of guitarist Brandon Phillips’ EDM project MENSA DEATHSQUAD.
The EP starts off with “Neon Sunrise“, a song that lives up to it’s namesake, invoking an 80’s dipped early morning cruise with the roof down. “Salt Mine” takes things in a darker direction, but still wears it’s nostalgic synth-influenced electro-pop vibes on it’s sleeve. Singer Julia Bernsden’s ascending vocals plead with a loved one on the verge of leaving, before phasing into a breakdown of infectious “La la la’s” in the chorus.
Other Americans continue to prove they have hooks for days, following this up with the early 00’s rock swagger of “Runaway King,” whose chorus will bore into the head of any listener. The pulsating and visceral house inspired “Memory” is perfect for the midnight dancefloor crowd and showcases flashes of A-Trak and Tiësto, as well as the shady sawtoothed closing track “Ship Of The Desert” that spotlights Julia’s sultry vocals alongside pounding synths that give the track an aggressive edge.
Other Americans have truly hit their stride on this release, invoking the best of acts such as Garbage, La Roux, Goldfrapp, and a pinch of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s (Especially on “Runaway King”) in one cohesive package, emerging with a unique voice all their own.
“Our process definitely got more fun in writing this record – there was way less hemming and hawing about direction and more following the path of whatever felt good to play. That feeling shines through on this record for sure,” says guitarist Brandon about the recording process for the EP. He continues by noting “I got to play sitar-style parts. I got to play slashy, angular Gang of Four/Wire type guitar bits. I got to play giant-ass Lady Gaga synths. Getting to do all those things on one record is so close to paradise syndrome for me that I’m worried I’ll sound like a dick talking about it.”
Julia added that, “The songs on this record are mostly about having to confront your past – my own, my friends, my family. I wanted to capture the vulnerability and the emotion that comes from trying and failing in those confrontations.”
Julia also shared her excitement about the Mensa Deathsquad remixes noting, “Brandon took a different approach to each of the songs and made them truly into dance tracks.” While Brandon mentioned, “This was something that should have happened on the last record. We talked about it but it never came true. I am eternally grateful for bandmates that can indulge me this way because I just love the way the remixes came out.”