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Zu Zu Petals – I Am Not OK

Zu Zu Petals

Zu Zu Petals are a brand new five piece Rock group from the town of Doncaster in Northern England. The band’s members include M Alan Device (vocal), Zak Oliver (guitar), Rowland Straylight (guitar), Stuart Foster (bass) and Lee Hind (drums). They debuted earlier this year with the Punk fueled single, “Mr. Sweeney.” The band describes their music as combining Punk, Pop and Alternative Rock. Their mission is, “to shine an angry black light on northern working life.”

“I Am Not OK” is the latest single from Zu Zu Petals, released worldwide on November 18, 2020. The track mixes 90’s style Alternative with the cerebral lyrical punk style of 80’s pioneers like Jello Biafra’s Dead Kennedys. Musically the track combines Hind’s powerful rhythmic, tom-heavy drum assault with an avant-garde cacophony of circular guitar and bass rhythms. The arrangement creates the perfect tension for Device’s agitated narrative about his declining mental state.

“I Am Not OK” is a song charting the deterioration of mental health based on psychiatrist Eric Berne’s Ok – Not Ok Matrix, and the value of sharing with other people when life feels too hard to take on your own.

Zu Zu Petals
Out of the sky, it came to ground
Nothing but stairs
I’m going lower, step prevention though it was not fair
Rubbish the chance, trying to make, try to be clear
Not matter what I say, today I’m really not Ok
Just like we used to be, a problem there to share it
A mooted conversation rooted threats will bare it
Nothing to see, nothing to do, broken apart
Sleep alone is not a cure I know it in my heart
Open my mouth, for something to say
Strange little sound, I’m trying hard my friend, today I’m really not Ok
Just like we used to be, a problem there to share it
A mooted conversation rooted threats will bare it
Taking no pleasure in things I do
Is a symptom I’m working through
So much harder if it wasn’t for you
And the fat that we sit and chew

Music & Lyrics: M Alan Device

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