On April 17, Milwaukee’s BRETT NEWSKI will release Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down (pre-order). The album is a call to arms against whatever destructive forces we may find ourselves battling, from our individual struggles with toxic relationships, low self esteem, loneliness, and apathy to the more global challenges facing us in 2020: The erosion of face-to-face human connection, the breakdown of the proverbial village, the destruction of the planet, and the myriad ways in which our social media addictions amplify these problems. Depression and anxiety are at all time highs, with many, if not most of us, struggling to preserve our optimism.
Today BRETT NEWSKI shared “Last Dance” the latest single to be lifted from the forthcoming release with American Songwriter. The song was was co-written with Grammy-nominated songwriter Pat Macdonald (‘Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades’). About the song BRETT NEWSKI tells American Songwriter, “‘Last Dance’ is realizing you can’t please everyone, and you certainly can’t invest energy into those who drain your battery. All you can do is put the horse-blinders on and focus on your own mission. Inject positivity into your peripheral. It comes back around. Let the shit-talkers, complainers, and energy vampires self-destruct.” “Last Dance” will be on all streaming services this Friday.
Brett Newski has also launched a new webseries Killing Time in Quarantine for music needed comic relief in the time of COVID-19. BRETT NEWSKI says, “The internet right now is a massive buzz kill. It’s filled with bad news, desperate flailing for attention, and the same white gentlemen with an acoustic guitar playing a concert into his phone at 480p. Killing Time in Quarantine is kind of dumb, but it’s sure to boost your morale.” Stream the first episode “Desperate Times”HERE
On Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down, BRETT NEWSKI asks, how do we regain control and stay hopeful in the face of today’s challenges? Perhaps it’s less screen time. Perhaps it’s changing the way we approach our tiny pocket TVs. Perhaps it’s discovering or recommitting to our passions. Perhaps it’s getting our hands dirty in pursuit of real solutions to our problems (instead of just complaining online). Perhaps Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down can shed some positive insight.
In “Last Dance” (co-written with Grammy-nominated songwriter Pat Macdonald, ‘Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades’), Newski lays bare the highly relatable challenge of trying to stay informed and engaged while simultaneously staying afloat psychologically: “I ain’t trying to build the ark, I just really wanna learn how to swim / Thru a sea of plastic bottles, all the refuse, the mess we are in.” In “Grow Your Garden,” Newski issues a wake-up call from the hypnotic, numbing effects of living with our eyes glued to our screens: “If I was the dirt beneath the sneakers on your soulless feet / I’d nudge you far from the mirage so you could see the water”.