The Due Diligence, “Party Crasher”

Sjimon Gompers

The Due Diligence's Isaac Gillespie, rocking Slackfest. (press photo courtesy of the artist)

Brooklyn’s The Due Diligence are a day away from releasing Are You Down through Black Bell, but first they’re busting down the door with the debut of “Party Crasher”. Frontman Isaac Gillespie described the song to us (see below) as “confronting vulnerability while flirting with the silent crime of overstepping your bounds.” Known for their confrontational live shows that often involve singled-out audience participation, Gillespie and friends follow up their Let It Be Already EP with a full-length that asks the listener if they’re down with taking new risks in the grand theater of life.

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“Party Crasher” breaks out into the scene without an RSVP, guest list, will call, or any sort of invitation, and its righteous rock riffs and fun lyrics flirt within the spaces of confession and confrontation (“I’m a party crasher, I’m just a diamond-eyed flasher, I’m a total disaster when you bring around”). The chords are set in an order that entertains and invites adulation with a humorous, blunt state of the self that checks a list of self-described adjectives from “unconvincing optimist” to a slacker-indie iconoclast who just wants to do the monster mash. And as the band plays on, Isaac howls on (a la Steven Tyler in “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)“, as The Due Diligence strike the very heart and nerve of hyper-self-awareness that everyone can identify with on some instinctive and intrinsic level or another.

Isaac Gillespie shared the following about “Party Crashing”, along with the art and diligence of ‘party crashing.

A lil more concise:

My friend recently told me about a date she went on. The boy was cute and she could tell that he liked her but she couldn’t figure out why he wouldn’t kiss her. Because it’s terrifying, I told her! Try deciding to mash your face against someone else’s uninvited.

We’re expected in adult life to join the army of party crashers, boldly taking hold of the things we want partly just by acting as if they’re meant to be ours. It can feel kinda sleazy but it’s also just how the thing works. You’re trying to get the door open and you’re wondering, am I not pushing hard enough or is it about to bust? The answer is often both at the same time, it’s very confusing.

This song celebrates the bravery of putting oneself out there; confronting vulnerability while flirting with the silent crime of overstepping your bounds.

The Due Diligence’s album, Are You Down will be available August 5 from Black Bell Records.

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