Nearing towards a new album, Los Angeles psych-rock band Gateway Drugs share their second single “Slumber” alongside a homemade video.
Following-up their woozy journey of distorted and dusty guitar strings on “Wait (medication),” the new single walks the lines of surrealism thanks to a refined tone of shoegaze. Gabe’s lead vocals are thick with a slacker charm and hold their own melodic bliss from verse to verse. Kickbacks of brightness come alive in the rhythm section, to only be set into a well deserved pool of confusion. All making sense as the song acts as a “reflection on unrequited love.”
There’s a more abundant and progressive rock stance by the second half of the track that grows in volume. Cascading backup vocals provide a dreamier cushion to blunt lines such as “you’re such a coward” being thrown around.
Countering the track, the band’s homemade video portrays a welcoming atmosphere that is more of a day-in-the-life montage. It’s a sweeter side that banks on the DIY scene in LA.
“Videos nowadays tend to be overly cinematic or pretentious,” shares the band in a press release. “The songs get lost and leaves little room for the listeners imagination. We wanted to keep it simple, sincere, and true to form, so we shot and edited the video ourselves. We hope you like it. Come hang with the gang.”
PSA is out for release May via Future Shock and you can pre-order it here.
02. Wait (Medication)
06. I’m Always Around
07. Backroom Lover
09. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised [EXPLETIVES]
10. Psychotic Reaction
Cover photo: @ryanolan