Well, it seems something good DID come out of the infamous Capitol Riots. The chaotic fracas in Washington on 6 January sparked major inspiration in Captain Wendy Stonehenge (Glitter Wizards), mastermind of Oakland glam outfit Candy Whips, to pen a satirical response to the devolution of the American dream. Ditching rock riffs and plunging straight into the terrors of the dark web, Days Like These is a gonzo cyberpunk daydream.
“Days Like These almost didn’t happen,” Stonehenge muses. “By late December, I considered the writing and recording for Automaton to be finished. Then the Capitol Riots happened. I was pissed. Pissed that we’ve become so inundated with gullible idiots. The song started with the sarcastic opening line, It’s days like these [that] make me proud to be an American, and just grew from there. I probably wrote the whole thing in 15 minutes and recorded that night.”