Potent Smells Help Transviolet Escape the Reality of a Dumb Party on “Clean Laundry”
The single follows last month’s “Drugs in California.”
Transviolet came to fruition when vocalist Sarah McTaggart met bassist Mike Panek on a musician networking site. After connecting thousands of miles away via the interwebs, the humble beginnings of their music collaboration began. Jon Garcia came in on drums, and later Judah McCarthy took on guitar and keys. After working for several years as a group, they released a full-length titled Born to Rule last year, and garnered many superstar fans including Katy Perry and Harry Styles.
With a guest verse from Dreamers’ Nick Wold, their latest single, following last month’s “Drugs in California” and 2020’s Born to Rule, features the fresh smells of clean laundry and black coffee that help McTaggart escape the grips of an obnoxious party. She explains, “‘Clean Laundry’ originated with a track created by drummer/producer Jon Garcia. I loved the chill vibe and pulled it up in a Zoom session I had with longtime collaborator Ben Greenspan. I started singing over it and the verse and pre-chorus came together pretty quickly. We labored over the chorus a bit, and left feeling unsure about it.
“When we pulled it up again,” she continues, “the chorus was underwhelming, so we scrapped what we had and rewrote it. Ben added his production ideas—he’s a master of this wonderful collection of pedals and analog synths that give everything a really warm nostalgic feel. When I shared it with the band, everyone was really excited and into it.
“They finished up the production, and around the same time we were looking for someone to feature on another track. We’d reached out to a few different people, and by the time we heard back from Nick, we’d already agreed to have another artist on it. We really wanted to do a track with Nick/Dreamers, and thought it would be cool to have him on ‘Clean Laundry’ instead. Luckily, he was into it, and agreed to write and sing on it. Since we were still in the middle of quarantine, we worked remotely, and Nick wrote, sang, and recorded his parts on his own. We all loved what he brought to the song, and are looking forward to performing it at a festival together one day!”
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