Sometimes music is all about the message, and in the case of Maryland duo Wolves & Sheep, the message they are conveying in the “Anti-Social Media Blues” video couldn’t be any clearer. No matter what vessel the message comes in, sometimes it’s necessary to pause and take a listen.
“Anti-Social Media Blues” dives into the often-debated topic of the necessary evils involving social media and technology in today’s society. With lead emcee Tyler Durdin proudly sporting his Chuck D shirt, he dissects the climate of our technology dependent culture while, at the same time, recognizing the irony of needing it to get his message to the masses.
“Social media gave everyone a voice, no matter how insignificant that voice is in the big scheme of things,” he says. “It makes us feel like we’re making a difference. Every day you’re bombarded with bizarre opinions, fake news articles and social commentary.
“When I spend too much time on social media, it actually depresses me,” he adds. “I’ve killed my Facebook account three times in the past five years and probably would’ve discontinued it forever if I didn’t have my own business and need to promote my music. Pretty ironic when you think about it. It’s a song about anti-social media that you have to promote using anti-social media.”
Along with Che Baroch, who wrote the music for the funk-inspired track, Durdin drives home a message that is noticeably missing from the musical landscape. With a range of influences spanning from Prince and The Roots to Public Enemy and Earth, Wind & Fire, Wolves & Sheep can’t be boxed into a neat little package, but they can pack a punch with their socio-political commentary.