Pittsburgh’s The Zells have released a new single titled ‘Brian Ray Trout, 1999’. It’s the latest offering from the band’s sophomore album, Ant Farm, following previous cuts ‘Truther Uncle’ and ‘Hell Car’. Check it out below.
Bassist Roman Benty, who takes the lead on ‘Brian Ray Trout, 1999’, explained in a statement:
During one of my brain-dead spells of the past two years, I noticed that Skeet Ulrich’s two biggest movies (Scream and The Craft) both came out in 1996. As we all know, after these two juggernauts, Skeet basically fell off the radar until Riverdale. I really got stuck on the idea of having the two biggest successes of your career take place over the course of one year. When you let others dictate your value, you will always find it fleeting. ‘Bryan Ray Trout, 1999’ finds a wayward Skeet drinking heavily at a party populated by Hollywood stars closing out the last decade of the 20th century. The song’s narrator is a young actor who’s overjoyed to be near what he perceives as greatness. Over the course of the evening, he befriends Nicole – a seasoned actor who’s seen it all and knows better than to fall for the glitz and glamor the setting invites. While Nicole tries to warn our narrator about the false promises of the life he is about to embark on, their conversation is interrupted by an intoxicated Skeet Ulrich. When Skeet attempts to sweet-talk Nicole, she kicks his ass, and swiftly exits the party. In the conflict’s aftermath, other partygoers approach the scene and assume our narrator is the one who delivered the beating to Mr. Ulrich. Despite Nicole’s warnings about the shallow nature of Hollywood, the narrator immediately takes credit for beating the shit out of Skeet Ulrich. And thus, another star is born.
Ant Farm is due for release on June 3 via Crafted Sounds.