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As half of Miami post-post-punk act Awesome New Republic, John Hancock has been a driving force behind what has been South Florida’s most interesting musical act for the past several years. In the winter of 2008, Hancock–who lives in the Little Haiti recording studio where he serves as a night watchman–decided to put some tracks to tape in a solo departure from ANR. Those songs have now been released as Antenna Death, an eleven track limited edition vinyl LP pressed by the St. Ives Vinyl Club. In keeping with the St. Ives aesthetic, each copy of Antenna Death is manufactured on recycled vinyl and features handmade sleeve art.
“Not Scared At All” is the fourth song on Side A–a hallucinogenic, effervescent, two and a half minute take. It boasts a sound which can be viewed as a weirder take on Talking Heads’ white guy voodoo or a less antagonistic read of Animal Collective’s trippy fireworks. The song is underpinned by a syncopated, processed drum track and a gently buoyant bass melody. Superimposed on this foundation are occasional synthesizer yelps, which add texture to the verses and a touch more tunefulness to the choruses. Front and center are Hancock’s vocals, stronger here than on his work with ANR and sporadically multi-tracked to great effect. His delivery is relatively straightforward; playing things straight as a singer helps give “Not Scared At All” a surprising approachability which, coupled with the short track length, turns an oddly flavored tune into one which may be savored repeatedly.