You have to hand it to OK Cobra.
Three years removed from the duo’s self-titled debut album and with members Fritz Tha Cat (Ryan Somers) and Recordface (Tim Horlor) living in different cities, a simple love for music and insistence on unloading the creative content of their respective brains led to the release of what’s sure to stand as one of Canada’s most creative hip hop records of 2009.
Delirium Tremens reintroduces OK Cobra, and centres largely, though not completely around the lurid tale that is emcee Fritz’s lengthy battle with alcohol and substance abuse (hence the title, a reference to what you go through when you finally stop).
The former VICE Magazine writer’s personal back and forth is what made recording the album as challenging as it is to listen to and not feel both connected to and moved by the experiences of its creators.
From the pink elephant on the cover to first single/video “I Quit (I Give Up)” the songs are eclectic, tortured, raw and above all else, completely different than anything you’ll hear this year.
CityNews.ca sat down with the dynamic duo before they set out on a Canada wide tour this fall to talk about the group and its newest record.
Also, check the video for “I Quit (I Give UP)”
Delirium Tremens is available on URBNET Records now.