“Kurt Cobain’s a p*ssy, Taylor Swift is The Man” sings Brett Newski in his latest animated video/single “Bro Country“. The song takes a comical crack at the dark underbelly of commercial music where analytics, formula-songwriting, and lowest-common denominators reign supreme. “Bro Country”, which premiered Friday on ArtistDirect, is produced by Cartoon Crumbs and animated by Michael A. Way. It portrays the story of a struggling singer-songwriter transformed by the Industry’s “Bro Maker” machine, complete with chest waxing, fake tans, and “fake brands.” Along the way, we see the fleeting highs and harsh lows of a process that puts artists in a position where they “exist to be replaced”, Newski sings. Also featured are animated cameos by legends like Kurt Cobain, Johnny Cash, and Dave Grohl.
Going deeper, yet still retaining his trademark humor, Newski explains “‘Bro Country’ is a Hollywood hit machine of formula perfection that hooks deep into the human psyche and never lets go,” in his exclusive interview with ArtistDirect. He continues to proclaim (and perhaps warn?) that “It is a drug. It is a hard drug. If you are not addicted, you will be soon. So grab a Bud Light, some hair gel, and a barbed-wire tattoo, it’s time to get f***ed up. Jello shots.”