November 12, 2014
by Bryne Yancey

Take a look up the next time you’re walking to work, at a restaurant, at a show, or anywhere where there are a lot of other people around. What are they doing? Are they also looking around, or looking up, taking in their surroundings? Are they engaged in face-to-face conversations with others?

Probably not, right?

No, these days, virtually everyone everywhere, regardless of the social setting, have their faces constantly buried in their smartphones, checking tweets, refreshing Facebook and then reading the same status updates over and over again, double-tapping the best pictures of pets and brunch in their Instagram feeds, texting other people while actually physically hanging out with someone. It can all be a little discouraging for the type of person who considers real-life experiences something of a lost enjoyment in an increasingly connected, but ironically fragmented society. And it’s a sentiment increasingly expressed not just by the old-man-yells-at-cloud demographic—younger people are beginning to see this behavior for what it is: Potentially debilitating to our collective social skills and our ability to truly live.

CityCop, hailing from Ashtabula, OH—a small town on Lake Erie equidistant from Cleveland and Erie, PA—passionately express a sense of disheartenment about today’s generation of ultra-connected but perhaps emotionally and socially vacant kids on “Fear and Self-loathing in Ohio” through unconventionally austere textures for modern screamo—plucky acoustic guitars, cascading percussion, a lot of empty space and yelled, spoken word-style vocals from Eddie Gancos. “The song represents how frustrated I got with a lot of today’s generation who are glued to their phones, and how depressing it is that they won’t ever get the chance to experience life without them like I did when I was a kid,” Gancos tells us.

Stream "Fear and Self-loathing in Ohio" below. It’ll appear on Loner, a five-track 12-inch LP due out Nov. 25 via Flannel Gurl.