On May 26th, 2017, the world of EDM (aka “electronic dance music”) changed forever — according to comedy musicians Stuckey & Murray, at least, who say that’s the day the genre died. And what brought about this apocalyptic end to an entire genre of music? The release of their new EP, Electronic Dad Music.
Collaborating with an actual EDM producer (who, for the sake of anonymity and his own album sales, has decided to bill himself simply as “DJ No Refills” on this release), comics Andy Stuckey and Jon Murray composed the four blistering tracks on this EP. The material’s outside their usual stylistic comfort zone, but their expert execution of comedy remains hilariously intact.
The album opens with probably the strongest track, “2 Drinks” — because club music is all about poppin’ bottles right? Here, though, we hear from a more responsible partier, who tells himself, “this party’s off the chain/but I gotta maintain.” Needless to say, it goes about as well for the song’s subject as it does for us when we try to take it slow — clutching a club soda (“with a lime, so it looks like he’s drinkin’ vodka”) til we realize it’s time to go home.
Next up is the album’s first single, “About To Get Real,” a blisteringly savage look at the inner-workings of…live action role-play? Yes, LARPers (and, to a lesser extent, Dungeons and Dragons players) deserve to get turnt as much as the next person, so an anthem to get them hyped is absolutely necessary. Spurred on by an incredible hook — sung by Kellie Muse — S&M explain they’re “buryin’ barbarians/with all this s*it [they’re] carryin,’” hinting at just how real it’s all about to get.
From there, the boys (and John Foti, contributing backing harmonies and overall jackassery) pay a moving tribute to the beloved snack “Sample Platter,” and collaborate with their own four kids (Murray’s sons Eli and Lucas, and Stuckey’s son Mo and daughter Maggie, at the time of the recording all between the ages of 1-5) on the danceable, sample-heavy homage to parenting, “U Can’t Control Me” — completely delivering, as the title promised, Electronic Dad Music.
I say the children’s ages “at the time” because the album was actually recorded four years ago — but the release was strategically held off until now so that, as Stuckey & Murray themselves told us, “the day two 40 year-old dudes release an EDM album is the day electronic dance music dies.” Well, they definitely killed it.