A car with a masked driver rolls down the street, the windows open, the basses beat, the dystopian chorus blows in the summer air: Do you have the antibodieeees? Do you want to be with me? It’s the new song of this pandemic summer thanks to, uh, the guy who played cousin Greg in Succession.
Historically, it took a long time for apocalypses like climate change to turn into summer bops. But hey, if nothing else, 2020 is moving quick.
The song debuted in May when actor Nicholas Braun (aka Cousin Greg) was in quarantine with friends, according to Rolling stone, where the song premiered today.
“My friends are in a relationship and they’ve been together for years, but I was kind of over there like, ‘Dude, I wish I had someone right now to go through this with’ said Braun Rolling stone. “And so this girl and I were talking and we were like, ‘Maybe we should go meet up and go for a walk – with bandanas.’ So I went on that quarantine date; it was a little secret because I didn’t want my friends to know about it. And I guess the combination of paranoia and romance is what the song is about.
Braun launched a “call to the wild” – Instagram – begging his music fans to help him with a song idea. Apparently he struck a chord, because boy, they replied. It was noticed by Atlantic Records label and turned into a professionally produced song and music video, according to Rolling stone.
The bandanas that inspired the song make an appearance in the music video. So are Instagram fans. And a hand sanitizer. And excerpts from COVID press conferences. And masks. An escape from our present reality is not. But it’s surprisingly eye-catching.
He even manages to work in some of the scientific uncertainty that has become a hallmark of the pandemic. After the very problematic line I wanna know your blood has the stuff that makes you clean he clarifies Even though we don’t know what it means / TO TAKE IT BACK.
Pure poetry. Also, precise.
Braun’s 81-year-old father had COVID-19 and recovered, according to Rolling stone. Proceeds from the song will go to nonprofits COPE and Partners in Health.
Mask, mask, mask.