PLAGUE VACATION - Extended Play
purple cassette (ltd to 50)
a1. Asleep in the Land of the Living
a2. Wasted Years  (Iron Maiden cover)
PLAGUE VACATION is a brand-new solo project by musician and filmmaker Derek DeRoche (formerly of Oakland doomgaze band Dustern). His debut EP, EXTENDED PLAY, features one 11-minute original dreamy, pop-metal, sadcore opus and an otherworldly cover of Iron Maiden's "Wasted Years". He achieved his sound through a layering of MIDI drums, soft-synth bass lines, a combination of bedroom practice amp guitar tracks and other guitar tracks re-amped through deafeningly cranked amplifiers, and vocals run through artfully overdone pitch correction and other magical manipulations. The result, coupled with lyrics that dive in and out of personal crisis and pandemic-era isolation, is a heavy but hopeful music for the contradictions of our times.
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