This track has everything. Gemma Rogers ‘Good Day Bad Trip’ may contain traces of techno, punk, pop, and psychedelia, which all mesh together to make a unique sound. With that title, I’d be tempted to ask if this was written while actually on some kind of trip, but I suppose artists must keep some secrets.
Gemma Rogers – Good Day Bad Trip
Good Day Bad Trip is the lead single from Rogers’ debut album, due March 2022 and recorded haphazardly through lockdown.
‘Good Day Bad Trip’ is a quirky pop-punk jam dedicated to late nights and substance-based experiences, chock full of personality.
‘Good day bad trip, new pain plot twist’ sings Rogers in her casual vocal style, gently offsetting some of the darker lyrics – “You’re floating in space, now no one hears you scream”. The track always seems a little offbeat and unexpected, jumping around styles and grooves, before hitting the lush chorus, ‘Somewhere over the rainbow, so scared there’s no way back home. ‘ The music video has also been well received, winning several awards.
The production is to be applauded for its character. Opening with a technoesque riff and an attitude-filled bass gives it a strong start, and yet there’s always something new for the ear to detect throughout the song – a sample of a landline phone, a melodious guitar, some funky piano notes, some sweet harmonies. With the singer-songwriter quirkiness of Mika and the attitude of late 90s bands like Garbage, Rogers may have hit on a winning formula.
Catch Gemma Rogers live at the Amersham Arms on August 19th.
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Words Eden Tredwell