From the first line on Brad Walsh’s new album, Six Infinite, I know I’m going to love it. The modern, electric beat of Available gives me shivers like I’m stepping into a club, ready to absorb the energy from the dance floor – but it’s his down-to-earth words that make me stay present, instead of wanting to drown them out in a sea of shots and sweaty bodies. With lyrics like, “I’m tired of making myself so available/To anybody who looks at me twice/I’m sick of making myself so vulnerable /To anybody who treats me a little nice,” Brad comes across as accessible, authentic, real – a refreshing quality in an industry full of artists who keep themselves an arm’s length away from getting inside their heads.
A New-Yorker who got his start remixing hit songs by Adam Lambert and Britney Spears, his 2015 EP, Primary, was called “indie-electro gold by Paper Magazine. But Brad doesn’t use his online influence to simply post beautiful landscapes or his lush country house – he fights along with the rest of us on matters that are close to his heart, such as the Black Lives Matter campaign. Whether it’s in his music or in his every-day life, Brad gets to the point: “Another dead with no evidence of forethought/A body hanged in a cell with a sheet knot/Another hashtag another sad mascot/A black father in a CostCo casket,” he says in the first track.
In fact, one of Brad’s best qualities isn’t his incredible talent as a singer, songwriter and visual producer – although that comes a close second – but his ability to stay unfiltered under the gaze of the media. While pop stars such as Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez steer away from taking a political stance, recently Brad posted on his Facebook page about a friend who’s racist – opening up the dialogue for casual racism that’s so prevalent yet often hidden behind more obvious hatred such as Donald Trump’s political campaign. Over an email exchange, Brad tells me he’ll never tone it down just to keep a fan.
“I have always loved pop music that hypes you up with great production but then the lyrics are about something dark, or at least anything more than the typical lifeless ‘DJ turn up the beat’ shit that dominates the air,” he says. “Selena Gomez has great producers, but her lyrics are nothing substantial.”
Brad’s say-it-like-it-is attitude may make some uneasy, but it’s also why he has numerous influential friends who also speak their minds, like Kelly Osbourne and Nicolette Mason. In fact, Brad wrote a song about Nicolette in his new album called, Nicolette Likes Ladies, where he sings, “Around the world/She’s a poster girl/She blows a kiss to the men below/But everybody knows it’s just a puppet show.”
Brad’s warmness for those he cares about comes out in his lyrics, especially in the love song, Come Into My World. Brad sings in a slow ballad, “Tell me what you cannot say/What you wanna do for me/You can trip on all your words/I won’t make fun of you.” It’s likely he’s singing about husband, Christian Siriano, who he married this summer in Connecticut. Having provided music for the runway such as the powerful track, Control Me, for Christian Siriano 2008, proves that Brad is talented and versatile – and while listening to Six Infinite, a collection of substantial, sure-fire hits, it’s clear the stage is where he should be.
Featuring artists such as Emm Gryner, Juliana Hatfield and Luscious Jackson, the 16-song album isn’t just a modern electro masterpiece – it’s post-modern. Everything from the awakening lyrics to the ear-gasm production make this album something you’ve never come close to hearing before. Tracks like Battle Cry and Electronirotica give you a sense of the future musically, taking control of your consciousness. And by the title alone, Six Infinite – which suggests the omniscience one gains from all six infinity gems – is fitting for an artist who isn’t just growing with the times but is keeping ahead of them.
And like all things post-modern, what was once popular has a tendency to come back around. It’s no surprise, then, that Brad’s music is bringing consciousness back to the club – where it was for so long. Just as his music makes you want to dance, it’s as equally as moving in your heart. In our email exchange, Brad tells me that nightlife wasn’t just a safe haven for those who were oppressed for a long time, but THE safe haven. “For decades before any legal strides, queer people were only able to express themselves unabashedly at bars and clubs,” he says. The same goes for people of color. And with Brad’s new album, Six Infinite, people aren’t just given a physical space in the club to seek refuge and feel like they belong, but the spiritual healing from his music that they need now more than ever.
You can buy Brad Walsh’s new album, Six Infinite, here, or find it on Spotify. And don’t forget to follow us on social media @flurtmagazine to stay in the know about our winter issue, where Brad will be gracing the cover in December and you can read his full, unfiltered interview!
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