Post-punk artist Indiana Bradley released his new single, “Rats on Cocaine,” at the end of October. Lifted from his forthcoming EP, Pale City, produced by A.F.I.’s Hunter Burgan, “Rats on Cocaine” reveals the enormous creative talent of Indiana Bradley.
“Rats on Cocaine” is a commentary on the cocaine-fueled mania that dominates L.A.’s culture and is accompanied by a music video created out of a ’50s-era Soviet propaganda cartoon and edited extensively to form a story with the music. The lyrics toe the line between autobiographical and observational leaving the listener wondering if the song is about the singer or themselves.
As a journalist, Indiana Bradley lived in numerous countries, including Argentina, South Africa, and Indonesia, giving him a unique perspective on life and humanity.
Moving to L.A. in 2017, Bradley dropped his debut single, “Red River,” followed by “Under the Night,” “American Psycho,” and “Let You Go,” featuring Sie Sie Benhoff. In 2019, he formed a band for live performances and recorded his debut album, Ghost Star, which was followed by Indiana Bradley Live at the Satellite Los Angeles, and 2021’s Harvard and Stone (Live).
Following the release of Pale City, Bradley has another six-track EP produced by Ghost Star collaborator Seth Olansky set to drop in early 2023.
Bradley has performed across the club scene in L.A. from Silverlake to the Sunset Strip and recently returned from two tours in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, a hotbed of live music in South America.
“Rats on Cocaine” rolls out on gleaming tones and then flows into a galvanizing post-punk rhythm topped by Bradley’s deliciously evocative baritone voice. Vaguely reminiscent of The Talking Heads on performance-enhancing drugs, the tune thrums with driving energy, highlighted by Bradley’s gravity-laced, portentous timbres.
Burgan’s bassline, combined with the stellar pounding drums of Darren Elpant, infuses the tune with a viciously forceful rhythm.
Not only innovative but at the same time as addictive as the song’s subject, “Rats on Cocaine” delivers frenetic ascendency.