You’re dance floor needs more pogo. It needs more inane kicking and absurdity. It needs some punk rock in its life.
Oliver Tree is the man for the job, a rock’n’roller with snot-nose vocals that’s unafraid to push his edgy, thumbed-chin sound into whatever genre will have him. He’s homeboys with Whethan, another versatile young music man. At 18, he’s remixed Lorde, collaborated with Charli XCX, and landed at no. 29 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with his tune “Savage,” featuring Flux Pavilion and buddy MAX.
The two came together on “Enemy.” Jangly, low-eyed guitar strums the listener in as Oliver Tree’s signature vocals scratch a high-pitched counter drone. Lyrically, it tells the story of a would-be friend turned rival, and in true punk fashion, it’s not even a minute long. Simplicity rules.
“We wrote and recorded ‘Enemy’ last year in my walk in closet while I was finishing college and Whethan was finishing high school,” Oliver Tree says in an emailed statement. “This song is how I imagine Rock ‘n’ Roll and EDM will merge together over the next couple of years.”
“Enemy” is out on Atlantic Records. Listen to the genre-bender below, learn the lyrics, and practice driving people crazy while you sing along.