Last week, out of nowhere, our favourite weirdos DREGG released TU TRACK; featuring “FREAKING OUT” and “FEELING FINE”.  Previous single “Hectic” was DREGG’s first release via new label home of Epitaph Records, which came across as a proud middle finger toward those who believe that conformity is needed for success. With TU TRACK, DREGG take us a little more personal, and a little more inward.

Still brash and bold, the neon splashed hardcore beast of TU TRACK comes with heavy doses of mental frustration. In “FREAKING OUT”, ‘what happens when we die?’ wonderings are the source of anxiety, where a ticking clock of mortality and fear of the unknown loom overhead, like an insurmountable shadowy demon.

Screaming to the abyss “What the fuck is all of this? And what happens when it ends?”, the heavy riffs of “FREAKING OUT” come with the heaviness of inevitable death and what it’ll mean.  Railing against reassurance, the theatrical tinges of the track only do a little to lighten the very real anxiety that can come from falling into philosophical rabbit holes to do with existence.

“I’ll boogie to the beat of my own damn heart”

And “FEELING FINE”, while having a directly opposite sentiment/title, continues the theme of exploring ideas about existence.  As “five guys trying to make sense of it all”, DREGG come across as letting a wild run at life be the teacher they need.  With hand-clapping, a sky-high guitar solo, and fullness of sound, “FEELING FINE” is infectious through to the end.

Elaborating upon the release with Epitaph, DREGG share that “‘TU TRACK’ is a two-part story that places you in the negative and positive thoughts of the philosophical, over thinking psyche. Both songs, “FREAKING OUT” and “FEELING FINE” address morality, nihilism, religion, death, and the little to no knowledge we have about what being alive really means.”

The idea of self-responsibility, exploring ideas, and championing your own truth persists through DREGG’s music to date, and it’s here too, whether soaring freely or rattling cages of conformity.  Philosophical ideas, unfiltered/straight lyricism, fat riffs – it’s signature DREGG. The DREGGalicious accents (like the sparkle after “Because I’m respectful” that you could picture on a cheesy white-toothed smile) just keep on affirming that there’s no one quite like this band.

Check out TU TRACK: https://dregg.ffm.to/tutrack

 

Kel Burch

Creator and caretaker of Depth Mag, Kel uses her superpowers of empathy, word-weaving, and feeling everything deeply, to immerse herself in music before returning to reality to write about her experience with it. [Loved the read? Shout Kel a latte.]

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