Adult Swim Singles have shared a new song from Sad13, the politically-minded pop project helmed by Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz. This is the thirtieth entry in the 2019-2020 program. “WTD?” marks the first Sad13 recording to feature live members Zoë Brecher on drums and Audrey Zee Whitesides on bass and follows up her last single “Dance Steps,” released back in March.
The title comes from the chorus’ hook, “What’s the drama?” Dupuis explains the drama like so: “It’s about eco-fascism, climate gentrification, and the depopulation of species, caused by human selfishness and industrial greed.” This apocalyptic inevitability is paired with octave-spanning guitar riffs, buzzy synth layers, and a mid-song electric sitar solo. It was tracked at Studio G in Brooklyn with engineer Erin Tonkon (David Bowie, Esperanza Spaulding) with mixing by Sarah Tudzin (Weyes Blood, Illuminati Hotties) at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX.