BlackBook Premiere: Model Child’s ‘Drain Me’ is a Jittery Summer Love Anthem
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Danny Parker has written songs for the likes of Britney Spears, Shawn Mendes, Nick Jonas and Jessie Ware. But underneath all that talent for a unstoppable pop hook lurks something darker, and decidedly more mischievous.
And so when not working the day gig, he slips into the more provocative guise of frontman for the LA-based garage-punkers Model Child. The name, certainly, could have all manner of meanings…especially if interpreted a bit sardonically. But the ideological position is made perfectly clear by just pressing play on the tellingly titled new single “Drain Me,” which BlackBook premieres here.
The languidly cool summer love anthem, taken from Model Child’s upcoming album Dropout (due October 16) is all fuzzed guitars and jittery beats, recalling Elastica or perhaps a post-Britpop Blur. And it lyrically seems to both celebrate and lament a budding relationship that is perhaps as detrimental as it is irresistible, all delivered in Parker’s impish vocal aplomb.
“I’m drowning in a love That’s stopped up
In my blood
Do you wanna drain me?
Maybe with a touch
You just might
Pull the plug
Do you wanna drain me?”
“I was influenced by my love of ‘90s rock,” he explains, “like the Breeders, Vaselines, and Nirvana. And I wanted to straddle that with some drippy, psyche-punk. I had a crush at the time and felt a lot of built-up tension and energy between us. ‘Drain Me’ was my attempt at capturing that new and exciting ‘crushiness.'”
And wouldn’t you know, “drippy psyche-punk” just happened to be on our summer musical wish list.