John Mayer Says 'Sob Rock' Is His "Shitpost" Record
"I made a record, that to me at the time, only in a way to coax something out of me that I wouldn't have normally done — shitpost a record"
Published Jul 14, 2021John Mayer is getting real deep and douchey about the concept of his forthcoming record Sob Rock. In a new interview, the singer-songwriter explained that his latest outing is his "shitpost" record, dreamed up so as to "make a mockery" of the listening experience.
Speaking with Zane Lowe of Apple Music, Mayer said that his records have "always been out of the trend" of mainstream music.
"What I would love for other people to understand is that there is no more real reason to adhere to any given idea of cool," Mayer began.
I want someone to tell me this is shit. And I made a record, that to me at the time, only in a way to coax something out of me that I wouldn't have normally done — shitpost a record. It's called Sob Rock because it's a shitpost. But more importantly, it's what I thought was a shitpost, and this gets down to where artists sit in front of you and play you what they think is their garbage. And you go, "That's the best thing I ever heard you play." It makes a mockery of their interpretation of the experience. Which is just enough to break out of the mould and make something unique.
I never want to be the artist who runs out of paint colours and begins to just make the same songs over and over again.
I'm only interested if I get to put new paints on the canvas. And if my way of doing it at this time was, literally no one's looking. This one's called Sob Rock because you just would never have imagined that was the name of the record. And I'm going to go so deep into my fantasy. Half of me is in this fantasy all the time now, especially as I'm watching the promo stuff come together.
The '80s-inspired record is due to arrive on July 16 through Columbia Records. Previously the artist shared "Last Train Home," "New Light," "I Guess I Just Feel Like" and "Carry Me Away" from the album.
Watch Lowe's full interview with Mayer below.