If you haven’t been keeping tabs on Pine Bluff native and rapper Goon des Garcons’ musical and cinematic exploits, here’s the short version: The endlessly innovative Arkansas expat been hanging out with goats, turning mushroom trips into creative fuel and setting things on fire — figuratively, that is, with his new creative resources at legendary hip-hop label Def Jam, and quite literally, with a Boring Company flamethrower.
A few highlights:
Goon’s new EP “Cheers! To the End of the World” is both an 11-minute audio release and a short film. Just in time to resonate as some post-apocalyptic Christmas cheer, both extrapolate on the premise that humans have managed to bungle things up enough environmentally that we’re living in “Hell City,” a ravaged, water-starved and oxygen-deficient disaster zone. The EP starts with a PSA, some maddeningly repetitive calliope music accompanying a chipper announcer, who greets earthlings over a loudspeaker with this message: “Good morning, survivors. If you’re listening to this, that means you’ve lived to see another day in Hell City. Famine, extreme natural disasters and all-around human indecency have wiped out most of the planet, people and beautiful creatures that once inhabited it.” In Hell City, as it turns out, “nothing is taboo,” and residents are encouraged to live out their wildest fantasies within city limits, and to “Breathe outside while you can!” Conceptually speaking, the EP is probably Goon’s strongest, most ambitious effort to date. He spoke about its themes in a thrilling interview with Fader magazine:
What do you want people to take from “Cheers! To The End Of The World”?
There’s a couple things. One, I want people to take from it that they don’t have a lot of time left. If anything, right now is the time that we should pivot — if we can and if people want to — that we should pivot from all the damage we’ve done to the planet. Slowly but surely — it wouldn’t be an overnight thing. But if we choose now, in 2020, we could save ourselves. Or maybe it’s not meant for us to save ourselves.
And two, I want people to take from it that … life is shitty, the world gets shitty. Basically we were all handed the shittest situation possible, but we always find a way to make the best of it. The whole project is about feeling impending doom but then finding solace in it and feeling like, “Alright cool, if this is it then I’m gonna fucking party through this shit.”
Shane Smith’s short film accompanying the release is a perfectly dismal complement to the material, too.