ANdrid

ANdrid

 New York City, New York, USA
BandPopRock

Every tooth clinching, heart wrenching experience in my life. with heavy guitars and drums.

Biography

Socially Challenged

The Debut EP by ANdrid

Review By

Professor David Longshore


Every so often, like honey drops of creative ambrosia, we’re given the chance to taste something new and sweet in contemporary music. While the work of a talented performer can readily fool and even seduce the ear, it takes much more by way of artistic talent and creative vision to engage the spirit and set alight the universal imagination.

Considering that we live in the age of cultural fusion, it’s not surprising that on so many levels “Socially Challenged,” the debut EP from New York musician ANdrid, reflects the wider diversity of our times. On one hand we have the artist himself – a hard-charging, talented African-American from East New York whose fusion rock artistic mission has by deliberate choice expanded well beyond the R&B, Reggae, and Hip-Hop traditions typically associated with African-American musicians. On the other, the blazing talent expressed on the “Socially Challenged” EP compels us to move away from our hackneyed musical preconceptions by essentially confronting us with them.

As in the case of his contemporary inspirations, ANdrid’s genius stems from his ability to fuse different musical styles into a cohesive displacement that’s rewarding to both the ear and the soul. This isn’t music as pastiche, where modern instruments and techniques are simply tacked on to traditional styles and performed as a trendy novelty. Instead, ANdrid’s gift is for evoking the metaphysical, the understanding that there’s still a body of music that does in fact exist, but remains unknown – even hidden - to humankind.

The “Socially Challenged” EP contains five tracks, beginning with the powerful – yet strangely sensual – “Belligerent,” and concluding with the aptly-named “Hypnosis,” a haunting melody that defies its title expectations by challenging the listener to consider the idea that in order to enter a dreamy (even hypnotic) world, one must first act, not simply drift, into that existence.

Because of this, none of ANdrid’s creations are passive. It’s not rootless music that a person can or should take standing still. This is music that pays homage to the energetic, bold tradition of classical and even acid rock, and yet is much more than a simple retread of what we’ve all heard before. This is a strident new voice set amid a new type of rock music, one which sustains itself by defying our preconceptions and our expectations to lead us to where the artist believes we should be.

Each track on the aptly-named “Socially Challenged” EP relentlessly drives the artistry forward by any means at the lone artist’s disposal; a pounding, drilling riff here, a graceful, spinning arpeggio there; and all tied together by a fast-moving, never jarring, soulful lead guitar. ANdrid’s vocals are guttural and explosive, light and dark, strident yet gentle. In just five tracks, we’re fully drawn into a dazzling but still very earthly world where contrast makes for harmony and imbalance becomes stability.

Both in its sound and themes, this is truly energetic music. On the surface, the titles of the five tracks indicate passion and even lurking violence; “Rumble!” “Fast Lane” and “Release My Grip” are the remaining three tracks on the EP. And yet, their lyrics – often gentle and even wistful in their words and themes - sabotage their seemingly ominous titles.

ANdrid’s songs deeply mine a twisted universe of lyrical extremes, while generating the same bright intensity found in the best of ringing anthems. The “Socially Challenged” EP portrays the artist as an unfinished hero, as a revolutionary in a quiet world beset by inner turmoil and hidden despair. “I feel like I wanna kick you/I feel like I wanna rip someone,” the artist sings in “Belligerent,” the first of the five stunning tracks on this engaging EP.

“Socially Challenged” is a musical tapestry that sweeps away the outdated concept that rock music exists solely to advance the angst – and triumphs – of our past history. It’s the soundtrack for a new future.

Lyrics

Belligerent

Written By: ANdrid

Belligerent

Chorus:
I feel like I wanna kick you,
I feel like I wanna rip someone,
Feels like my patience is done,
I’m just belligerent today,
I feel belligerent today, today, today.

Verse:
Woke up on the wrong side of my bed,
I got a thumping going on in the back of my head,
Frowning at the first face that I see,
Even worst that person happens to be me,
Now why can’t I just get away,
Don’t feel like doing any work today,

Chorus:
I feel like I wanna kick you,
I feel like I wanna rip someone,
Feels like my patience is done,
I’m just belligerent today,
I feel belligerent today, today, today

Verse:
Got stuck in the wrong side of my brain,
Now all wanna do is inflect pain,
I don’t know why I’m feeling so confused,
but all I know is hate and anger is my muse,
Wish I could just get away,
This demon is consuming me.

Chorus:
I feel like I wanna kick you,
I feel like I wanna rip someone,
Feels like my patiences is done,
I’m just belligerent today,
I feel belligerent today, today today

Bridge
Leave me alone, I don't wanna play today,
Call a doctor I need psycho therapy,
Close the curtain, fix me up, then mix me up,
Take it all away
Chorus
(I’m done today)

Release My Grip

Written By: ANdrid

Release My Grip

Verse:
You think I’m crazy,
as I stand outside your door,
Love me baby,
before my knee hits the floor,
(Call the cops I don’t care, if your neighbors stare,
They’d understand if they knew why I was here 2x)

Chorus:
I want to detain you but I need to release my grip,
You don’t want to continue so I need to release my grip,
Just let it go,
But I want some more,
You stole the show,
Girl you’re a pro,

Verse:
Woke up in a cold sweat
thinking of our sessions,
This aint heartfelt
it’s all in your seduction,
Now why can’t I live with this deduction,
It’s not like you’re the only eruption (2x)

Chorus:
I want to detain you but I need to release my grip,
You don’t want to continue so I need to release my grip,
Just let it go,
But I want some more,
You stole the show,
Girl you’re a pro,

Bridge:
Don’t want to let this thing go,
Addicted to the utmost,
Don’t know what you did to me,
Now you wanna set me free,

Chorus(2x)
I want to detain you but I need to release my grip,
You don’t want to continue so I need to release my grip,
Just let it go,
But I want some more,
You stole the show,
Girl you’re a pro,

Fast Lane

Written By: ANdrid

Fast Lane
Verse
Time goes by so quickly,
And I don’t know how we ended up in this place,
Somehow you took this thing out of cruise control,
Now the tires making marks on the freeway,
And I wonder to myself how did I stay,
In a relationship I’ve clearly judged so poorly, (hey, hey)
Chorus
I’m loving in the fast lane,
I don’t want this car to burst into flames,
I’m praying that we hit a speed bump,
Your window’s down the air’s hitting me,
Fast lane, I don’t want this car to burst into flames,
I’m praying that we hit a speed bump,
Your window’s down the air’s hitting me,
Verse
Life goes by so quickly,
And we don’t know how it ends up so let’s wait,
You gotta grow and I don’t know if I wanna be locked down again,
I’m gonna put my foot on the break and I’m hoping that you’ll still stay,
I really don’t know what to say
Chorus
I’m loving in the fast lane,
I don’t want this car to burst into flames,
I’m praying that we hit a speed bump,
Your window’s down the air’s hitting me,
Fast lane, I don’t want this car to burst into flames,
I’m praying that we hit a speed bump,
Your window’s down the air’s hitting me
Bridge
I need to hit the emergency break,
Your wheels turning way too fast to escape,
It’s bound to end in tragedy
I need to hit the emergency break,
Your wheels turning way too fast to escape,
It’s bound to end in tragedy
Chorus
I’m loving in the fast lane,
I don’t want this car to burst into flames,
I’m praying that we hit a speed bump,
Your window’s down the air’s hitting me, (we’re gonna end up burning in flames)
Fast lane, I don’t want this car to burst into flames,
I’m praying that we hit a speed bump,
Your window’s down the air’s hitting me,

Rumble

Written By: ANdrid

Rumble
Verse
(aow!)
Walked in the room her bright red nails,
Draw me in instantly,
She taps the bar waits for a drink and stands impatiently,
She likes it rough and plays so tough throws back tequila like me,
Then takes her hand and reels me in, she’s got tattoos on her feet
Chorus
Let’s rumble,
She got a lot of fire (lets rumble),
She likes a power struggle(lets rumble),
Both roles we like to juggle,
Let’s get down, Let’s get down(2x)
Verse
Pulled out my keys she takes the lead,
Snatched them away from me,
We run outside hopped in my ride,
I’m in the passenger seat,
She grips the wheel presses her heel so hard I curl up my feet,
It gives me chills this girl’s a thrill she skinned my tires with speed
Chorus
Let’s rumble,
She got a lot of fire (lets rumble),
She likes a power struggle(lets rumble),
Both roles we like to juggle,
Let’s get down, Let’s get down(2x)
Bridge
Aggressive, Feminine,
Love it when she stalks me (stalks me),
She’s so rough, love her touch,
Can’t get enough, take control of me,
Take control of me
Chorus
Let’s rumble,
She got a lot of fire (lets rumble),
She likes a power struggle(lets rumble),
Both roles we like to juggle,
Let’s get down, Let’s get down(2x)

Discography

Socially Challenged EP- August 12th

Set List

Release My Grip- Andrid
Belligerent- Andrid
Fast Lane- Andrid
Rumble- Andrid
Sun Red, Sky Blue- Kenna (Cover)
Hella Good- No Doubt (Cover)