Curtis Cooper colorfully copes with somber themes in the "Percs of Life" video - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
Curtis Cooper | photo by Bob Sweeney | via Cereal and Sounds

Curtis Cooper has made their way around the Philly DIY scene over the past couple years, and  recently shared news of a forthcoming second album, the follow-up to last year’s debut Laughing In Lane. We don’t have a release date for the LP, but we do have a new video for the lead single “Percs of Life,” a song we first heard when Cooper played it during their Key Studio Session last year.

“Percs of Life” deals with somber themes of addiction and its effects in an honest and forthright way. The video shows Cooper living their daily life amid familiar West Philly locales (hey there, Clark Park), haunted by pills at every turn. Cooper’s world is full of dynamic ups and downs as everyday sights become overwhelming and life gets fuzzier and fuzzier. But it’s sonically anchored by the artist’s steady musicianship and ability to weave a heavy, compelling narrative into just a few minutes of song.

Cooper told Cereal and Sounds:

“‘Percs of Life’ is about the effects of pill addiction on people. It can take over your body and turns you into a zombie. It makes you do things that you aren’t doing for yourself, but for your addiction…I definitely wrote this song for myself to hear, so I don’t know if anyone else is gonna listen to it, but the video certainly makes a point about how dangerous pills can be.”

Curtis Cooper will celebrate the release of Messy with a show at Johnny Brenda’s on January 19 with Laser Background and Coping Skills. Find more information here.

Watch the video for “Percs of Life” below.

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