A few songs back I accidentally started singing in a faux '80s English new-wave goth/Bowie accent, and it stuck... and it's back again for this tune. At least on the demo.
The production on this one's a bit different - wanted to get a Joy Division feel on the drums to go with the droning, repetitive bass. Then some REM/Smiths/Simple Minds guitar. It was initially a bit boring until I started playing around with some delays and modulation then hit on the weird echoing sounds that kick in around the 50-second mark.
My voice wasn't feeling so good so I struggle to properly nail some of the higher notes... just a demo, just a demo. Technology helps, but the tone is just a bit off.
As for the words, well, NZ has some of the most unaffordable housing *on the planet*. It's absurd, and almost entirely driven by the fact Kiwis with money in their pockets don't invest in anything useful - they just buy up more and more houses. Landlords made huge bank during COVID last year, and the govt doesn't want to do shit about it. The average home in my city - *average* - costs $1 million. Nearly 20 times the median income.
(whoever coined the phrase about getting more conservative as you get older obviously wasn't paying attention to their surroundings)
Guitars: All live, Jazzmaster clone guitar through Fender Mustang LT-50 amp, some heavily edited with the H3000
Drums: Superior Drummer
Synths: Odyssey (software)
Vocals: Shure Beta 58A mic, H-Delay
we need you poor
so forever poor
if we compete on fruits of labour
we have none
we only know how to extract
we only think of the impact
when it hits our bottom lines
or the types of wine we buy
parasite, itchy mite
greedy guts, full of pus
waiting for the bubble bust
out of sight, out of mind
while you pay i'll be fine
parasite? be polite
on the street you'll be tonight
if you don't pay
more than half you earn
how will i afford avocado?
we have none
we call ourselves the providers
but all we bring are the spiders
they can trap you in our web
as you watch our prices rise even higher