Los Angeles based psychedelic rock band Westerner are a ballsy cocktail of psychedelic rock, disco, and trip-hop. Drawing influence from Pink Floyd, Massive Attack and late-90s electronica, the collective makes their return with arguably their best release to date, ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Who Wants Me’, July 31st.
Driven by lead vocalist Cooper Bombadil, Westerner would be incomplete without Mike Gattshall (drums), Brandon Valerino (bass & vocals) and Javier Olmedo (guitar). Cooper started Westerner after he wrote and recorded their debut album ‘Unreal City’, a sci-fi rock opera composed of surreal sounds, and strange characters. He then formed a band to play the music live. After learning the material, the band collaborated on new songs. Over the years, Westerner has developed an explosive live show and a devoted ‘cult-like’ following.
Known for their electric live performances, the ensemble began drawing in large crowds, performing at iconic venues such as; Beverly Hilton, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, The Bootleg Theater, Whisky a Go-Go etc. The band deliver catchy pop songs, driven by electronic synths, combined with psychedelic soundscapes to create exciting shows that are unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before. Music Connection Magazine included Westerner in their Hot 100 Live Acts list three years in a row describing them as “One of the best bands in Los Angeles.”
Speaking more on the new track, lead vocalist Cooper explained: “I Don’t Want Nobody Who Wants Me” is about when someone is so into you that it turns you off. They try too hard to impress you. They overthink every little move. They get offended easily. The funny thing is, these are all things people accused me of. I got so fed up hearing it that I wrote this song. The lyrics are all the things people used to say to me. It’s tongue-in-cheek but as I wrote it I found that it was also seductive. It’s alluring to be the person who stops showing interest when you show interest in them.
Listen to ‘I Don’t Want Nobody Who Wants Me’ – BELOW: