Mensa Deathsquad release ‘Light’

Here’s another new sound to bring to you. Well it’s new to us and we love it.

“‘Light’ was the first song I wrote with musician Barb Morrison (Antony and The Johnsons, Blondie, Deborah Harry) as my music mentor and it set the tone for both where I wanted to go with my new music and how Barb and I would work together,” explains Brandon. That tone embodies pulsing club kicks and throbbing waves of synthesizers slamming headlong into jagged post-punk guitars and emotionally raw vocals about a desire so powerful that simply admitting it’s existence would set fire to heaven and earth.

This is the first release of a larger work coming from Mensa Deathsquad in 2022 and it lays bare the passionate catharsis of Brandon’s new writing direction. “Barb was like, ‘Write a song, but don’t think about it… Just fucking sing.’ So I threw together a beat and hit RECORD and started singing words into the mic,” says Brandon. “Now, I cannot emphasize enough how absolutely agonizing this was. Even in an empty studio, my inner-critic was erupting with this withering rage like, ‘You fucking idiot! You have nothing written down!’ I keep singing this bit over and over and I start sweating… So I just string some words together in my head and hit RECORD. Without thinking about it at all in that one take I delivered the line exactly as you hear it now – the lyric, the melody, the whisper part – all unplanned. When I listened back, I choked up. I started bawling like you would not believe, but this voice in my head was like, ‘Don’t you dare stop now!’ So I blew my nose and finished the song and swore to myself not to change a single note.”

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