Rosie Tucker, the head figure of the new American indie rock heap, has released a new track from the upcoming LP Sucker Supreme, the equally catchy and aggressively awesome ‘Barbara Ann’.
“The song is about the midwest,” Tucker explains. “How corn and soy monoculture relate both to wider industrial food systems and to farmers trying to make a living. It’s about my grandmother, a working class woman who spent every second working, not just the work of mucking the chicken house and raising children but of imbuing a hard life with sweetness for herself and her daughters, the work of reminding them that survival means laughing a lot and refusing to yield to the will of any man, be it boss or husband.”
The gang that has surrounded Tucker since 2019’s Never Not Never Not Never Not, namely producer/creative partner Wolfy and drummer Jessy Reed, are back to provide the rock-solid foundation. More vague and lyrically opaque than the previous single ‘Habanero’, Tucker takes a surrealistic view of fake steak and billboard babies to paint a picture of a uniquely American farmland setting.
Anyone who knows me well understands that Rosie Tucker is one of my absolute favourite artists of the modern day. I have raved before, and I will continue to rave. Every new song is like reconnecting with an old friend and catching up. Who hasn’t felt like they’ve had a musician their lives who makes music specifically calibrated to them? Every chord change, every lyrical turn of phrase just feels right. It’s so perfect that explaining it to someone, or trying to explain it, ends up being a disappointment because you can’t properly articulate all the je ne said quio involved. Not to get all mystical burnt-out hippie-dippie on you, but it’s something almost spiritual: a deep connection that occasionally defies logic and reason.
Will Rosie Tucker eventually make music that I dislike? It’s certainly a possibility, and Tucker seems like a restless-enough artist to wind up changing their sound instead of falling into a particular comfort zone. But as long as Tucker keeps writing those lyrics that speaks a language in the same way as I think and feel, I’m brand loyal for life.
Check out the lyric video for ‘Barbara Ann’ down below.