Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
Here on the Independent Spotlight, Charles Luck and his Black Astronaut collective are one of, if not the, most common recurring feature. This, of course, is because Luck isn’t just incredibly prolific - he’s also very versatile. His music spans a slew of genres, always boasts terrific production, and his lyricism delves into a bevy of compelling themes. Every so often, however, Luck lets loose with Black Astronaut artists to record songs like ‘Don’t Give A Shit,’ his latest single featuring Tino Red.
‘Don’t Give A Shit’ is one of Luck’s most carefree lyrical efforts to date. His songwriting on the track is exceptionally witty as Red muses about a squirrel that bit him, his burnt toast, a relationship in ruins, amongst many other rather bizarre items. There’s something so freeing about the track: Luck is shamelessly self-deprecating in his songwriting and Red’s delivery exudes the perfect amount of apathy necessary to make ‘Don’t Give A Shit’ immensely amusing.
Musically, ‘Don’t Give A Shit’ is a bit unique in the grand scope of the Black Astronaut catalog. It’s as well executed as Luck’s music always tends to be, but the genre influences tie more heavily into pop, and perhaps to a degree, ska. There’s a heavy dose of ska inspiration soaked into ‘Don’t Give A Shit,’ making it reminiscent of acts like Sublime, back in the heyday of radio hits like ‘What I Got.’ The fantastic instrumentation complements this style with a brilliantly fun percussion section paired with a brass section and ska-style electric guitar.
There’s really no reason anyone should be offended by ‘Don’t Give A Shit.’ It’s Tino Red and Charles Luck having a good time together, and I’d go as far to argue that they do some of their finest, most personable work when they’re doing just that. It’s not profound like some of Luck’s songwriting, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s a well-executed anthem about not giving a shit, and hey, that kind of music is necessary sometimes. Give the song a spin below; it’s well worth your time.