How Grimes Used Comics, a Banjo and Computer Magic to Confront the Opioid Crisis

How Grimes Used Comics, a Banjo and Computer Magic to Confront the Opioid Crisis

Publication date: Mar 21, 2020

[Ringing] [Music playing] -Hey. “

[Music – Grimes, -Delete Forever-] [Singing] -I see everything.

-That was, like, an early – one of the first songs.

But then kind of just, like, went to work on music. “

[Guitar playing] -You ever like go to a punk show or something and someone just plays an acoustic?

Like, I love, like, sort of like violent acoustic punk music.

-There aren’t many Grimes songs that are based around acoustic guitar, right?”

[Music playing] -I feel like there was, like, eight years where I just couldn’t get over my first friend who passed away, because I was, like, very, very close with her.

But it is a little bit about being self-destructive and how [bleep] you feel being self-destructive after your friends [bleep] died.

You’re just like [bleep] on your friend’s grave by just, like, dealing with the grief, by doing this thing that killed them basically.

Some of the first great art that we see is, like, the personification of painful or beautiful abstract concepts as gods.

So this song is kind of – yes, kind of meant to be sort of about the goddess of addiction, the demon of addiction, or something like that.

-It sounds like a ’90s pop rock radio song or something. “

No, I was going through doing all these weird production things to make it sound like – just like little textures and things in there, like, so that it’s, like, you can barely hear them, but it just adds like a -” [Sound effects] -So are there any real instruments on this track or is it all digital?”

-No, there’s, like, a real banjo, real violin.

I had just always dreamed of making music with a banjo.

The first instrument, before I made ‘Visions,’ I bought a banjo.

And then as I was bringing the banjo home – I got it on Craigslist – I was bringing it home and this guy [bleep] followed me off the bus and followed me into this, like, stairwell of my apartment building.

Like, I could put in 200 hours and be good at the violin, or I could put in, like, 45 minutes and make something really beautiful.

[Music playing] -So you get this done really fast, this version of it, and then what happens?”

-I was super embarrassed of this song.

It’s like when things are cloaked in, like, cool sounds and stuff, it’s less vulnerable. “

-It’s such a nice counterpoint from something like ‘4 AEM. ‘ “

[Music – Grimes, -4AEM”] Do you think this is the most vulnerable Grimes song?”

-I’ve been wanting to write a song about it for a long time.

But I just also, like, felt [bleep] writing a song about it because, you know.

[Music playing] -Are you making a video for this song?”

It’s sort of a Nero-type thing.

[Music playing] -Where did you make – are you feeling OK?”

Concepts Keywords
Acoustic Guitar Oh Yeah
Addiction Banjo
Banjo Art Angels
Burp Musical instruments
Cathartic
Clean Vocals
Climate Change
Comping
Counterpoint
Craigslist
Demon
Digital
Dolly Parton
Drums
Ego
Empress
Guitar
Hardcore
Heroin
ITunes
Katsuhiro Otomo
Lil Peep
Magic
Nero
New Gods
O K
Opioid
Opioid Addiction
Personification
Pop Rock
Pregnancy
Punk
Punk Music
Society
Soul
Tain
The Debt
Vinyl
Violin
Vocalizing

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH opioid addiction
drug DRUGBANK Diamorphine
drug DRUGBANK Tropicamide
drug DRUGBANK Meclofenamic acid
disease MESH sitting

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