Friday's a pretty good day for rock 'n' roll. In fact, it might be the best day for it: with all the promise of the weekend ahead with just enough work in the way to make the time off feel like a reward, straight-up rock goes over especially well. Here's a quick injection of bluesy riffs to start off the transition: not long after a Melvins cover in support of Don't Shoot PDX, Portland stoner rockers Tigers on Opium are releasing a new EP next month, with the first single from it out today:

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Like the red-hot tubes you can easily imagine cranking out the beefy tones at play, "Dark Electric" crackles with warmth. Crunchy low-end guitars, vintage drum tone, and faintly lo-fi vocals lend the song's stoner shuffle a pleasant retro feel that contrasts with the melancholy subject matter. It's a driving combination, drawing the listener in as a realization dawns that things aren't quite as rosy as they initially feel. Describing the song, band member Juan Carlos Caceres highlights that polarity as well:

Over the years... We’ve lost so many great friends, musicians, and artists to the grip of heroin and opioids. I wrote this song as a sort of release of tension, for how I feel about the people I’ve lost to drug addiction. There’s a sort of juxtaposition to it all. Like a mixture of sad beauty, or a car crash you know is coming but you crank the music and live the ride.

As a bonus, the embed above also includes two remixes of the track -- if you're wondering what a "remix" of a rock track would sound like here, it's certainly worth checking these out as they take it in two totally different directions.

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The Dark Electric EP releases January 22nd via Forbidden Place Records.


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