Prism Tats, the moody, psych-inflicted post-punk creation of Garrett van der Spek, has unveiled the second track “Used to be Cool” off his upcoming EP 11:11. Based in Los Angeles, Prism Tats mixes smart lyricisms with riveting guitar-driven lulling on “Used to be Cool,” taking on the egomaniac with “Let’s Dance” era David Bowie. On his EP, Spek tackles unsettling themes of self-inflicted isolationism, hopelessness amongst the working class, and the emotional damage of addiction to technology, but it also reacts towards these with a defiance rooted in his surging sonics.
“11:11 is perhaps the most diverse batch of songs I’ve put together on a record, the result of drawing from various styles and influences to experiment in the studio,” Spek says about the EP. “Through all of these songs runs my familiar lyrical cynicism, but musically they’re more playful than any of my previous releases.”
Prism Tats EP 11:11 is out July 28 via Anti-Records. He’ll also be performing at the Bootleg on August 19 with Pickwick, tickets are available here.
Stream Prism Tats’ “Used to be Cool”