Week in Pop: Feed, The Telescopes, WEEED

Sjimon Gompers

The sonic saints of legendary majesty—Stephen Lawrie & The Telescopes; photographed by Stephen Bland.

Shiffley

The pop shapes & art walls of Shiffley; photograph courtesy of Riogaram.

NYC’s Shiffley delivered a song today that centers around the greatest sports of classroom ennui with “Drawing Skulls”. Alex Ganes, Alex Jenks, Bryan Contreras & Shaune Killough take the narrative to the heavy-lids of school-dazed boredom where the often the greatest diversion at hand is your trusty pen or number two pencil and any available surface. From wood-chipped desktops to spiral-ringed binders; Shiffley illustrates the idle days of doodling skeletal creature-creations anywhere & anywhere that proves as an alternative to involving one’s self in the course work & attention required by the instructor.

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“Drawing Skulls” exudes that anxious wanderlust, where Shiffley manufactures the feeling of being couped up for four, six, eight periods or more of strict structured learning regiments that dumb the mind from the pedantic preached at the pulpit the professor refers to as their podium. The platforms of didactic are dismantled for a moment of enthusiastic elation as Shiffley exhibits a new & refreshing energy that exists in skull & crossbones styled tags & defaced textbook scribbles that illustrate the arts & urges that exist outside the grip of academia.

Alex Ganes described their new single “Drawing Skulls” with the following exclusive insights:

The act of drawing skulls is meant to symbolize the dark things that are done privately to externally appear functioning. Aesthetically, when shaping the song we were thinking about skeletons dancing in paradise.

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