“Gas Station Viagra” Brooks Hudgins

Multi-artist Brooks Hudgins, recently released his full-length Drive Thru Communion. Today, he has shared a new video for album track “Gas Station Viagra.” The video takes a genuine look at the struggles of humanity, shot in narrative form, with an equally strong soundtrack.

Brooks Hudgins on video for “Gas Station Viagra:”

“We always wanted to do a narrative video because the song itself is a verse one / verse two story arc. Everybody told me not to [do a narrative video] because they really have the potential to fall flat if done poorly. But we didn’t do it poorly, we got great locations, and Tommy (the DP) is a bloody magician, so I’m not worried. Those people can fuck off back to their lyric videos. If I listened to everybody’s advice, like if I needed a billion streams to be happy; I’d unbox kids toys on Youtube or animate Frozen / Spiderman crossovers in Russian. But I’m just fine making cool shit with the lads, the rest will come in time.”

Brooks Hudgins on Drive Thru Communion:

“The album has some songs on it that are a decade old, and some that made the album last second; so it’s vastly different track to track…a lot of these lyrics started in high school but weren’t finished until I was in the studio tearing through my old notebooks and finding crazy shit I wrote that still resonated,” explains Hudgins when discussing the variable, at times mercurial, nature of the project. “Drive Thru Communion is kind of a Greatest Hits of my unreleased angsty decade.”

In early 2020, Hudgins teamed up with classically trained violinist turned record producer Grant Gardner at Corner Store Studios in Ridgewood, NY to record what would eventually be tormented into Drive Thru Communion. With little experience, and a lot of unexpected global news nigh, they recorded an alt-country album with flashes of brilliance and maimed by a lot of head scratching inconsistencies. The 14 tracks were recorded in various studios and bedroom closets across the US and promise a dark peculiarity characteristic of the little that we have heard from Brooks.

Brooks Hudgins
Drive Thru Communion
Track List

01. Lola’s Intro
02. Only Fans
03. Gas Station Viagra
04. Mall Goth Jazz Club
05. Salt Lick
06. Covergirl
07. 405 South
08. Lost in Conversation
09. Interlude
10. Force Majeure
11. February
12. Golden Arches
13. Transatlantic
14. 1-800

Brooks Hudgins was born in Dallas and raised in LA in an aspiring Hollywood family, the root of the fruit came from a guitar and an early interest in the potency of booze and prose. Much of the music was gleaned from teenage years in Hollywood sparring with his parents over child acting, getting to know the local law enforcement, and shadow puppeting the biggest and brightest celebrities. Disillusioned by the false summit of a childhood in LA, Brooks went to film school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he learned more about music and clubbing than film by tenfold. An early heavy techno DJ career saw success, running nights at the infamous Sneaky Pete’s and DJing for SUBSTANCE. “Brooks couldn’t scheme a visa, so he split the difference between LA and the UK and settled in New York, where the songwriting of his youth clicked with the influence of his college years, and the never-ending game of “Beat the Demo” began. Writing and recording track after track in his stripped down Bushwick basement studio, and working at the ignominious Flatiron hellhole Sugarfish at night, Brooks finally got the courage to quit his job and face the music. Drawing on his screenwriting degree, Brooks wrote and executive produced an 8 episode season of an iHeart Podcast country musical podcast for MGM and WME, featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Miranda Lambert, Dennis Quaid, and Craig Robinson. He quickly turned and burned that money into the studio album to complete the musical vision rooted in a decade of songwriting and storytelling. Brooks currently resides in Brooklyn with his three absentee roommates and his bike named Cat.

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