FRESH: ‘Enemy Mine’ – Roadkeeper

Roadkeeper have an “Enemy Mine”

Indie-Pop, Dream Pop

Texas, USA based band Roadkeeper keep the music coming in 2021 with their new single, “Enemy Mine”. The guitar based track is a heady mixture of rock-pop, indie-pop and everything else but the kitchen sink!

“Enemy Mine” would like to be Nirvana crossed with Smashing Pumpkins if it were not for the high, often distant vocals of lead singer John Hetherington above an opera of electric and rock guitar.

The lyrics to “Enemy Mine” were written about the far right radicalisation of vulnerable young people in the US by white nationalist professional pundits who are fed viewers and readers by algorithms on social media and YouTube. There is an organised effort to convert impressionable young people into radical white supremacists and encourage them to undertake radical action against marginalised people and progressive political movements. “Enemy Mine” is about the dissonance between the perceived realities of radical white supremacists and that of everyone else.

The Texas quartet formed in 2018 as an independent, self-produced project that combines a songwriter’s emphasis on lyricism with the soundscape and sense of space of shoegaze and psychedelia. The core band of producer John Hetherington (guitarist and vocals), Trevor Tull (bassist), Daniel Griffith and drummer Nicklaus Cogdill, is one colour on the canvas rather than the canvas itself.

The band has released a stream of singles since 2018, debuting with the cathartic and anthemic “The Creeps”, which deals with the dynamics of abuse and emotional manipulation. Following were the psychedelic post-punk “Gushers”, the pastoral “Old Man’s War”, the precision psych pop of “Narcissistic Peoples” and the droning psych jam “Sundowners”, all which tackled different facets of systemic violence such as police killings, climate change and the humanitarian issues at the US/Mexico border.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!