Sickpay has a widening soundscape that will encompass elements of grunge, punk, modern rock, and lo fi hypnagogic pop. This aggressive tune music sounds good but is also meaningful. It opens with bursting distorted guitar and percussion grooves that will please the ears. It takes the listener by storm with it’s in-your-face and pensive lyrics.
The track is off his 5-track EP entitled Purocracy out now via Alien Body Music.
Like many punk musicians and fans, Sickpay’s roots in the scene are deep. When asked about his distinctly punk musical approach, Mike said “It has been a gradual descent into making my own punk music. I have been in rock bands since high school and for some reason my band history has gotten punkier with time. I was in an over-the-top basement swamp punk band called 2 Ton Bug in 2010-11. Eventually getting attention from that, I was asked to play drums with Juiceboxxx from 2012 until recently which was as punk an experience as there is. This eventually led me to playing with Wavves for a few shows. At the same time my girlfriend was selling merch for Leftover Crack and other notorious NY bands. So it’s tough to tell whether I was drawn to it or it just came for me. But I’ve been part of punk adjacent communities for a long time and it’s just what seemed to naturally happen when picking up a guitar.”
Mike has written seven other albums of electronic pop and reggae under the moniker D. Gookin. His hit song “Glad I Met You” has been downloaded on Spotify more than one million times. His song “Remember” was used in an Oil of Olay commercial and another song, “Croak,” was on an episode of Broad City. Mike has produced music for Pictureplane, Juiceboxxx and other NY artists. He has also toured with Juiceboxxx all over the United States and in Europe.