Funky, dirty bass lines; jarring sci-fi synths and g-funk-inspired beats combine on ‘Mick Jagger With a Laser’, the new single from the legendary, Aria Award-winning Eora/Sydney outfit Art Vs Science.
The grimy, robotic and endlessly catchy tune is inspired in part by the 1992 film Freejack, and features on the deluxe version of their successful 2022 LP ‘Big Overdrive’.
“Mick Jagger With A Laser is one of four new tracks we’re releasing as part of our Big Overdrive Deluxe album. The track started when we were all talking about and half-remembering a movie called Freejack (1992), which featured Mick Jagger as the villainous Victor Vacendak.
It led to a hook for an instrumental track we’d been working on for a while and it made it all come together. Someone told us it sounds like garage Gorillaz, someone else has said indie G-funk… not good at playing the genre guessing game but we’re pretty proud of it and can’t wait for you all to hear it.” Dan W, Art Vs Science
‘Mick Jagger With a Laser’ proves the band are still as experimental, creative and entertaining as they were when they first arrived on the scene back in 2008.
Sonically, The new single feels just as much Beastie Boys as it does Gorillaz, with intricate synth work, 90s style samples and epic, sci-fi imagery within the lyrics that refers to 1992 film Freejack, a box-office bomb that featured Mick Jagger, Emilio Estavez and Anthony Hopkins.
“It was one of those tracks that came together quickly once we’d unlocked its chorus. The rest of the tune fell in around the idea of the narrator in a feverish state in a 5 star hotel, awaiting a Spanish lass with great big teeth, only to find her usurped by murderous Victor Vacendak weidling a deadly future super weapon in his hands. Mixed by Dan Mac and produced by the band in collaboration with long time friend Berkfinger, it was a joy to make and we hope you like it.”
Dan W, Art Vs Science
The bands disco-lounge, club-ready LP ‘Big Overdrive’ was released last year to critical acclaim, receiving significant support from triple j, Double J and community radio, as well as written features from NME, Pilerats, Tonedeaf, Rolling Stone Australia and many more.
Forming in 2008, the band immediately made a name for themselves as one of the most entertaining live acts in the country, playing just about every festival Australia has to offer over the years (including Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Bass in the Grass, Parklife, Good Vibrations, Big Day Out, Festival of The Sun, St Kilda Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Wine Machine, Red Deer Fest, NYE On The Hill, The Great Australian Beer Fest, The Bacardi Express, Mountain Sounds and the 2016 Keep Sydney Open Rally – just to name a few).
The band won the ARIA for Best Independent Release in 2011 for their hit debut album ‘The Experiment’, and currently sit with over 6 million streams (Spotify) for their iconic single ‘Parlez Vous Francis’. They were also featured at number 70 in the recent Triple J Hottest 100 of Like a Version for their cover of Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’.
Following the release of ‘Mick Jagger with a Laser’, the band will be celebrating with shows at Snow Machine (NZ) and Wanderer Festival in Merimbula later this year.
“Very psyched to be playing Snow Machine in Queenstown NZ in September, and to co-headline Wanderer Festival later that same month in Merimbula NSW. Can’t wait to play “Mick Jagger With A Laser” and another tune off the Deluxe release called “Love”, plus all the known hits and bangers”. Dan W, Art vs. Science