Black Adidas Ask “Are We There Yet?” On New Single

The original Black Adidas ideal, as evidenced on some material on their 2017 self-titled debut album, was definitely more guitar, bass and drums oriented. They have now returned with their new single, Are We There Yet?, that is definitely the best kind of example of wearing your influences on your sleeve, from the massive Sex Pistols guitar chords to that KROQ synthpop undertow that continues to straddle the chasm that divides Robert Smith and Joe Strummer. Are We There Yet? is out now via Dirt Cult Records and is available as a name your price download via Bandcamp.

“Here in LA, KROQ had a totally different evolution over the years and I kind of followed it always from what it was in the ‘80s — more of a post-punk, sort of gothy thing — to the ‘90s. And it was always what I liked. I liked that kind of mixture: Punk, but also equal parts The Cure and The Clash. I wouldn’t say that’s one hundred percent key, but it’s definitely a huge part of what we’re trying to do, not just make it straight guitar rock. We want to do something a little different, to add either a synthesizer or an organ or just something else. But for the most part, as we evolve, the more we can incorporate that element, I feel like the more interesting it is and different it is. It’s trying not to be just different for difference’s sake. I’m trying to say, will the synthesizer improve the song and bring something to it? For years, you try to be like, ‘Yeah, I’m so cool, I don’t need to be influenced by anything. I have my own thing.’ And then you realize, who am I kidding? I am the product of what I love, and why not just embrace that and just write what you know, just go in that direction. That’s kind of what Black Adidas is.” (singer and guitarist Courtney Ranshaw)