Release Date: Sep 9, 2016
Record label: Weird World
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
The End of Comedy is the debut album from Drugdealer, a new group crafted by Los Angeles musician Michael Collins and his musical friends, all of whom work together exceptionally to grant listeners a plethora of past and present musical views. (In other words, it’s as if they are reflecting the music on which they were raised.) This vibe is showcased on both the album cover and the pleasing contents within; in fact, the record made me smile from beginning to end. The LP’s first actual song, “The Real World (feat.
It would be easy to write off The End of Comedy before listening: there’s that band name, as unpromising as you can get; there’s the promise that it journeys “through a whimsical world informed by Jean Baudrillard, social media perception, Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western vistas and [bandleader Michael] Collins’s endless travels”. If you say so, but whatever. The End of Comedy turns out to be a lovely, brief record, like sunlight through leaves, all brightness and shadow intermingled.
Michael Collins, also known as Drugdealer, is clearly proud of his absurdist humor and auteur vision. His debut album under this alias, entitled The End of Comedy feels practical, yet somewhat quixotic. There are lots of guest vocalists on this album, including Ariel Pink on the standout “Easy to Forget” and Weyes Blood on the title track. The End of Comedy at times feels like a “best-of” compilation of the Californian underground rock scene because of its many collaborations.
The band names that Michael Collins chooses for his dazed pop projects function as tests of faith. He’s operated under the monikers Run DMT and Salvia Plath, made surreal soul and funk as half of Silk Rhodes, and his latest record comes as Drugdealer. Each choice has been a little goofy and somewhat dumb. But these words are also imbued with the pupil-dilated honesty that comes when you dabble with the sort of mind-expanding substances he’s nodding to.
Michael Collins started his musical career under the name Run DMT, making lo-fi psych-pop with a chillwave feel. After a lawsuit and a slight change of focus, he reappeared as Salvia Plath, releasing the nicely done psych-folk album The Bardo Story in 2013. One (more) name change and musical shift later, Collins came back with Drugdealer, a project with a more laid-back, early-'70s singer/songwriter vibe.
The End Of Comedy.