Earlier this year, Middle Class Rut’s Zack Lopez announced that the band would be going on an indefinite hiatus. The decision came after touring nonstop for six years, having their gear stolen while on the road, and the scheduling conflicts that arise when both band members live in different states. Given those reasonings, it would make sense if Lopez wanted to take it easy for awhile. Instead, he’s doing the exact opposite.
Today, Lopez launched a fan subscription service via PledgeMusic. This campaign will see him releasing a new song every other week throughout the entire year. The pass is only $10, but can be packaged with exclusive merch, guitar lessons from Lopez himself via Skype, and even an in-home concert. Subscribers will also have the option to purchase bundles that include three full-length physical albums. To put that into perspective, Middle Class Rut only has two full-lengths to their name. Lopez also plays every instrument on each forthcoming tracks, proving that he’s not one to take a sabbatical lightly.
Along with the announcement of the subscription series, Lopez has shared the first of the many, many tracks to come with his new song “I Don’t Know”.
“I was riding my bike, listening to music when ‘Satan’s Bed’ by Pearl Jam came on,” Lopez tells Consequence of Sound of the song’s inspiration. “Something about the beat hit me so I went home, made that drum beat on the computer and looped it. About 30 minutes later, I had written the whole song, along with one of the coolest riffs I’ve come up with in a while. Everything I had written until then was more chord-based acoustic stuff. This got me back into singing rock music again.”
The drums recreate the Vitalogy mayhem, filtered through the sneer and grittiness of modern garage rock. Lopez’s guitar sounds feverish and possessed, flittering wildly across the song. It’s also some of the most impassioned singing of Lopez’s career. His shredded voice rises and falls on the chorus, upping the ante on an already high stakes track. If he delivers this level of intensity for the rest of his prolific quest, it’s going to be a hell of a year for his fans. Take a listen below.