Friday release NYC alt pop artist Vaeda Black shares “Drunken Tears”

“Drunken Tears was one of the first songs I wrote when I was learning how to play the piano about 4 years ago. It is a story song, about luring someone into a bar, getting completely trashed, and fantasizing about murdering them. I’ve always viewed this piece like a siren song. I’m saying things that are terrifying but they’re delivered inside a simple and alluring melody.

Whenever I perform this song with my band I tell the audience “I just want to let you guys know I’m not going to viciously murder you after my set. I am okay mentally, I promise.” It’s one of those songs where I feel like I need to make people feel safe before I sing the lyrics staring directly at them. A big part of my belief around music is that you have to separate the artist from the art. I want people to see every part of me, and Drunken Tears lets me show people my darker side.”