As we keep up with our series of premieres, we are pleased to join forces with Blame Baby for the release of their new single “Headcase,” an exhilaratingly raucous track with a punk sensibility that takes a deep dive into dark themes of self-realization and identity confusion.
Says Johnson: “The song stemmed from a conversation between me and my younger sister. She was seventeen at the time, and going through all the inherent overthinking and identity confusion of the typical high school experience. As she revealed her state of mind during the conversation, I realized how eerily similar it was to mine at the moment – even as an adult. I thought, ‘Man, life is high school.’ I then sat down and started sketching out what would become ‘Headcase.’”
Admittedly “not trying to reinvent the wheel,” they’re buoyed above the fray by their collective background and accomplishments—Tucci runs a high-profile drum forum, Groovru, and Brancato is an accomplished actor and composer for film. Also in the mix is a deep-rooted celebrity undercurrent—Johnson is the son of Don Johnson and the iconic Patti D’Arbanville and the brother of Dakota Johnson. As such, the band radiates a natural savviness combined with a punk sensibility while striving for an artistic independence that sets them apart.
Consisting of Jesse Johnson on lead vocals and guitar, Omar D. Brancato on bass and backing vocals, and Matt Tucci on drums and backing vocals, the band seamlessly blend high intensity, punk-inflected rock with masterfully melodic flourishes. Produced by Frederick Thaae (Kate Nash, Saint Motel, The Glorious Sons), “Headcase” is a dark yet exhilarating musical statement of intent for the new band. Thematically inspired by Johnson’s younger sister Grace, the band effortlessly tackles legitimately dark themes of self-realization and identity confusion and offers them up within a striking power pop framework.