Blushh's 'Thx 4 Asking' Says Everything You Don't Want to Hear
Trying to make a name for yourself in the DIY scene can seem like a Sisyphean task. Just think about how many of your high school classmates now have pop punk bands, scouring Facebook groups for basement gigs. However, with enough drive, passion, and talent, it’s possible to break out and make it. Turn to LA’s Blushh, already drawing acclaim from Stereogum and the FADER for her recently released sophomore effort, Thx 4 Asking.
Blushh is a project that grew up in the scene. Having seen other artists fade away or rise to fame, Blushh has had hands-on experience in the scene since 2013, when she started out as a music blogger. Blushh is the project of Shab Ferdowsi, a blogger-turned-booking agent-turned-roadie-turned-musician. Having seen nearly every aspect of the the DIY music industry, it’s no surprise that Ferdowsi has emerged as a fresh singer/songwriter and guitarist.
On her recent release, Thx 4 Asking, it’s very apparent that she’s mastered that quintessential fuzzy, bouncy, and angry sound that bands like Remember Sports and Soccer Mommy have channeled in their recent releases as well.
The first track on her new album, “I’m Over It”, nails the paradox of apathetic lyricism paired with punchy and relentless instrumentals that scream the opposite of apathy. The brief break in intensity is filled with a more introspective and quiet moment, only to have fuzzy and full guitar lines and pounding drums crash into frame again. It ultimately sets a quick pace for the following 4 tracks to match: catchy, conversational, and convictive.
Each track is under 3-minutes, making the album a collection of bite-sized tracks, each packed with a punch. While most of the lyrics on the track are sad or angsty, honesty rings more true than a sense of being jaded. Ferdowsi comes across as wholly fed up, sure, but there is something sincere about asking “What About My Plants?”.
On the whole, Thx 4 Asking is a collection of thoughts that you definitely shouldn’t say, but want to yell out so badly. It’s almost as if an internal monologue materialized and transformed into a 5-track EP inspired by the 90’s West Coast indie-rock. Blushh’s success is almost guaranteed by an LA scene hungry for more local success and a clear talent in Ferdowsi.