USS, the Toronto dance rockers comprised of singer/guitarist Ash Buchholz and turntablist/hype man Jason "Human Kebab" Parsons, are a prime example that sometimes it's good to take one's medicine.
Playlist aficionados could easily sandwich the band's new single "Medicine" between Nirvana's "Lithium," Björk's "All Is Full Of Love," or, if someone's feeling mischievous, Lil Pump's "Boss." But like most of the music USS make, "Medicine" has layers to its dance-rock groove.
The song is the result of Buchholz going on a spiritual walkabout, having done meditative retreats with psychedelic artist Alex Grey, embracing qigong and various elements of Chinese medicine, and attempting to live like nomadic mathematician Paul Erdős for months.
"The by-product of such a bold experiment has been an opening of the floodgates," says Buchholz. "We've been flooded with downloads of new songs. The jukebox of life is pumping fresh, magical melodies."
It's been 10 years since USS broke out when Toronto alternative radio station 102.1 The Edge picked up their debut single "Hollow Point Sniper Hyperbole." Numerous radio hits and 11 countries visited later, the band are feeling celebratory. They'll be hosting "birthday parties" in a number of cities in the coming months that will, as Parsons says, feature "insight that you can't read about on the internet, something that'll be offered in-person when we're reflecting on how grateful we are."
USS will be traveling across North America on their Bonavista tour this fall!