Written by Lauren Rosier
Indie rocker Gus Dapperton has teamed up with his live band to perform his new single, “Post Humorous.” The song is about how Dapperton experience death in childhood. The track is taken off his forthcoming new album, Orca, out September 18 via AWAL. The 10-song set was written and produced by Dapperton, with Spike Stent (Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, Beyonce) doing the mixing.
The 23-year-old singer/songwriter is charting new territory with the release of “Post Humorous.” Previously, he has released a plethora of fun, sunny singles and EPs to the 2018’s Where Polly People Go To Read.
Orca explores more pain and suffering as a theme, but also healing and redemption. Dapperton started writing the album while on tour in 2018, of course excited to perform for both long-time and first-time fans, in places he’d never been to before.
“I was unbalanced,” he recalls. “My lifestyle and habits had gotten extreme. I wasn’t getting eight hours of sleep a night, I was drinking and doing drugs often. Wasn’t eating healthy. And on top of it, I was performing. A show can be the most inspirational, emotional high; but if something goes wrong it can be devastating.”
The highs and lows and the desire for home, led him into dark places even if it wasn’t obvious to those around him.
“I’m a huge advocate for putting myself in vulnerable positions in my music,” he says but admits that confronting these feelings “was a chance to be open that I was afraid of.” But he pushed himself and, with the help of his friends and family, came out on the other side stronger. “It was cathartic to put these emotions into music,” he says.
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