Brooklyn’s Plaid Dracula want you to know that once you show them your true, disgusting colors, they will move on, but also use this to fuel an incredibly catchy single. The glam-punks, Sam Gelernter (guitar), Ethan Schneider (drums), and Rachel Adler (bass), come with a tinge of angst to color their latest alt-rock track “Mean.” It meets the melodic traits that pulsate one to the dance floor with the juvenile aggression of garage rock.
Acting as the first song the band wrote together for their new EP, “Mean” hits the ground running. Raw and simple lyricism paint the scene, but allows for the track’s demeanor and sealed aggression to tell the story. “We think everyone’s had at least one situation where someone you felt was a really close friend turned out to be perfectly happy to throw you under the bus when it suited them,” explains the band.
“This song is about everything that goes through your head in the split second you see a person like that at a party or a show with a bunch of your mutual friends, and it’s the first time you’ve been in a room with them since they showed you they weren’t the person you thought.”
Polished vocals keep the lingering thoughts at bay for the most part until we hear these repetitive, instrumental breaks build towards a glamorous, gnawing of the ear in the outro. Despite preceding their last single, “Mean” picks-up where “No Reaction” left listeners — balancing this youthful angst over coming-to-age trials with such a digestible resonance.