LUV DOT GOV
The darkest of times require the brightest of antidotes and so it is that NYC’s gentle princes of elegant power pop LUV DOT GOV return with their new single, The Good Times Are Over. This is the title track of their 2nd album, the follow-up to 2018’s much praised At Least We’ve Got This Madness.
Beset by rampant authoritarianism and deadly virus, singer-songwriter Matthew Pop says, “The Good Times Are Over is a true reflection of the experience of living through this. And by this, of course, I mean the pandemic; quarantine; the news; the atrocities of racial injustice; the american “president”; climate change; the west coast burning; the country on fire; the world on fire; and just when we think we’ve seen it all, we wake up again. I don’t need to tell you how draining it is, because I know you know–being overwhelmed with the constant horror, ‘it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright’, but, it’s really not.
And I am really not.” Part protest anthem, part cheeky satire, The Good Times Are Over, slings some very pointed arrows at the cultural zeitgeist that lulls us to sleep, telling us everything is going to be alright. Through melodic (and sometimes chaotic) discord this song is a wake up call, a clamoring symphony of rock’n’roll that dares us to witness our own unraveling, and to keep going anyway.
While in quarantine, LUV DOT GOV recorded The Good Times Are Over, from their individual corners of the globe. Pop says of the experience, “We couldn’t meet with each other, even in the same city, and without even the hope of making it to our producer, Graeme Young’s, studio in Edinburgh, I began to feel inclined to include as many people from as many places as I could, since we were already doing everything via the internet, and it was already going to be super weird, why not.” In addition to the members of LUV DOT GOV this track features: violinist Molly McGivern (Montreal) and cellist Sana Beidaghi (Istanbul).
LUV DOT GOV was born on a Brooklyn rooftop in the Summer of 2016, Matthew Pop and Stevie Seaweeds recording the band’s debut album with Young in Edinburgh the following Spring. Expanding the line-up back in the States all the better to fully realise the album’s intricacies onstage, the band toured on both sides of the Atlantic during 2018, playing nearly a dozen shows as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.
This single release will be followed by a full album, slated for an early 2021 release