Last week in Upstate ny I shot a new music video for Weerd Science. The main mc is Josh Eppard from the band Coheed and Cambria. The song is called “10 Smack Commandment”it’s essentially a warning about the perils of herion use. I’m very happy with what we shot, i’m looking forward to editing this video.
We’re at an interesting place in music. Outside the world of Top 40 pop, the rulebook has basically been thrown away. To be a legitimate indie rocker, it used to mean that you were a starving artist; now bands like The Strokes come from privilege and Billy Joel’s indictment that “you can’t look trashy till you spend a lot of money” seems truer than ever.
Hip-hop has had the biggest renaissance of all, and the impact can be seen throughout the young black community. Just look at the next NBA press conference: corn rows and bling have often given way to Buddy Holly glasses and bow ties, and the lines between skaters, punks, hip-hop kids, and every amalgam thereof have been blurred to the point of non-existence. We now live in a world where an openly gay black R&B artist is supported by most of the hip-hop community (and this is clearly a good thing). And this leads us to the artist in question: Weerd Science.
Weerd Science is the brainchild of Coheed and Cambria drummer Josh Eppard. If I were writing this review fifteen years ago, I would leave out this fact; there would be too much baggage attached to the artist being a white guy from upstate New York who drums for a prog-metal band. Now, however, I feel the average music fan can just listen to the music and judge the songs on their own merits. So, does Red Light Juliet have merits? Fuck yes it does.
Whether or not it’s intentional or not is unclear, but this album plays like a mixtape of what’s been happening in hip-hop the past few years. “10 Smack Commandments” has the choppy, rapid smarm of Yelawolf. “You Can’t Do That on Television” owes a lot to early Eminem. “Evil Genius” conveys the snot-nosed brattish flow of Travie McCoy. There are hints of Kanye, some Weezy, and even Mickey Avalon sprinkled through these eight tracks. None of this is to say this album is biting, nor does Mr. Eppard lack a singular voice. Weerd Science is simply a musical composite.