Tea Eater’s latest single “Cosmic Coconut,” cracks open the cosmic egg, immersing us in all the VHS blue that seeps out. The last and longest track off of the NYC art punk in ’s anticipated album, Obsession, produced by Drew Vandenburg (Of Montreal/Faye Webster/Bambara), and featuring Vram Kherlopian and bass and Alex Tuisku on drums, blends surf rock bass, doo wop backing vocals, fuzzed out slide 12 string guitar shredding culminating in a wall-of-sound crescendo reminiscent of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd.
The accompanying music video brings frontwoman Tarra Thiessen (of bands Gustaf & Sharkmuffin) back to the mall of her pre-teen years, only to be pursued by her childhood collection of McDonald’s beanie babies, descending from the sky in a coconut shell. Shot and edited by Jay Malone at The Palisades Mall in Nyack, NY, using a VHS camera, the video draws inspiration from 1980s horror film Possibly in Michigan and Chopping Mall. They will be hitting the road with Waltzer following the 7” release with a backing band including Lindsey Ann Lawless on bass, Vram Kherlopian on lead guitar, and Abdon Valdez on drums.
Waltzer has a suitcase packed full of freaky, fun, dance-inducing chaos and a soft serve twist of sung and spoken vocals. Ready to begin their journey into junior album territory with their much anticipated new single “Act Like Me.” Always racing against the clock, and creating art without traditional resources. The energy behind the music and visuals feel exactly how they were made – just risky enough to thrill you with an adrenaline rush. “Act Like Me” feels like trespassing in an abandoned building, being struck by color and detail as you quietly slink around each corner; eyeing the doors to escape; carefully listening for cops and squatters. Energy that encapsulates listeners with enough fear and awe to satisfy the thrill seeker in anyone. Just know that when you start dancing, crying, or doing both in unison- it’s entirely intentional.
They hope to write songs that speak to people who wrestle with death and failure. Although the lyrics get heavy, Waltzer’s stage performance has a sarcastic undertone which reverberates through the record with the intent to help the listener stay afloat. Her message is clear, “Life is really weird and hard / I’m messed up too / Let’s get through it together and laugh at all the weird stuff.”