Drae explore hypocrisy and humanity in their new single and video Sleep — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Wielding their usual arsenal of explosive blues-rock riffs, hefty hip-hop grooves and immersive electronic arrangements, the award-winning Canadian duo’s latest salvo is about looking around, seeing a society rife with hypocrisy and devoid of empathy — and ultimately saying “I’ve had enough. I’m tired. I’m going back to bed,” the pair say.
“The lyrics are reflective of society, the human experience, and our interactions with each other,” frontman and producer Andre Thibault explains. “They point out a lot of hypocrisy and inconsistencies in the way we behave versus how we expect others to behave. So much of growing up in the technological age requires increased human to human interaction but, as we rely heavier on technology, we lose that empathy and compassion that helps our society function.”
Sleep arrives ahead of the Ottawa duo’s forthcoming album Tardigrade — set for release on Montreal’s Dance Plant Records — and follows 2018’s TRI (2018), 2017’s E/Scape (The Live Sessions) and 2016’s E/Scape.
“We wanted the song to feel like a rock song,” drummer and percussionist Matt Robillard says. “We tried to stay away from samples for the instrumentation as much as possible so the music feels organic, more energetic, and has a very human element to it.”
The video further underscores themes of humanization, Robillard continues. “You can see Andre rapping and singing while surrounded by people in a zombie-like state, shuffling around, engulfed on their phones. Portions were shot the day after Andre started dialysis, having since undergone a kidney transplant this past November.”