Trash Talkin’ at the Speed of Sound EP
Respected and revered alt-rock songwriter Ron Hawkins boasts a celebrated catalogue over 20 records deep – some are solo offerings, and others feature backing bands the Do Good Assassins or Rusty Nails.
In 2000, and once again in 2015, Hawkins was voted Songwriter of the Year by NOW Magazine’s reader’s poll. Hawkins was honoured with 102.1 The Edge’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2008, The Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded Gold certification for Shakespeare My Butt.
“Church of the Chemical D.J.” is a song about how we sedate ourselves against the hardships and austerities of capitalism in the 21st Century – less an Orwellian hellscape of authoritarian control and more a Huxleyian wasteland of self sedated automatons. Ron was trying to make a cool tune first and foremost, but by the time he was finished, he realised he couldn’t stop himself from getting into the deep shit.
It’s the focus track from the six song EP, Trash Talkin’ at the Speed of Sound, which was produced by Devon Lougheed (Sky Wallace Band / Altered By Mom).
Ron explains the inspiration for the album: “I feel like as I watch people, I love trying to imagine how they navigate their way through life, with a late stage capitalist nightmare as the motivator. All that in addition to wondering where and how I fit into the equation.”
Ron Hawkins – Church of the Chemical D.J.
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