Emmy-nominated actor Nicholas Braun — a.ok.a. Cousin Greg from Succession — had a flash of inspiration in early Could whereas quarantining in his buddy’s L.A. visitor home, lonely and wishing for companionship: a tongue-in-cheek rocker, “Antibodies (Do You Have the),” which premieres Wednesday together with the official video on Rolling Stone.
“I desire a woman whose blood’s acquired the stuff/I desire a woman who’s protected,” Braun sings over mild guitar, constructing towards the explosively emo refrain: “Do you could have the antibodies?/Do you need to be with me?/Do you could have the antibodies?/’Trigger for those who don’t/you higher keep away!” There’s additionally a line about antibodies equating to “pants off!” however be suggested that that’s not medically sound recommendation.
“My mates are a pair they usually’ve been collectively for years, however I used to be again there type of being like, ‘Man, I want I had someone proper now to undergo this with,’ ” Braun tells Rolling Stone. “And so this woman and I had been speaking and we had been like, ‘Perhaps we should always go meet up and go for a stroll — with bandanas on.’ So I went on this quarantine date; it type of felt secret as a result of I didn’t need my mates to know. And I suppose the mix of paranoia and romance is what the music is about.” Braun’s 81-year-old father additionally caught — and survived — the virus.
With a few lyrics in hand, Braun turned to his Instagram to crowdsource interpretations of the music from his followers. Tons of of movies adopted. “I believed: ‘This sort of a tremendous factor,’” he says. “Then this A&R from Atlantic Data reached out to me and mentioned, ‘Hey, I do know this music is form of a joke, however I additionally form of suppose that bridge and your second verse are actually catchy.’ I talked to him and I used to be like, ‘Does it make sense to truly make this music proper now?’”
With producer Colin Brittain (Papa Roach, Dashboard Confessional, 5 Seconds of Summer time) in tow, Braun created a pop-punk model of the music, a portion of proceeds from which can go to Cope and Partners in Health. Braun then slapped on some eyeliner to shoot the quirky video: “That simply felt just like the character to me. Like a punk man. I actually needed him to get emo and form of grunge with it. I’ve by no means used that phrase earlier than… ‘grunge with it.’ That’s good.” Artist Camilla Engstrom — a.ok.a. Braun’s strolling date — stars because the love curiosity. “Within the video once we hug, that was a really actual factor for us in actual life,” he says. “We had been on date three and we had been like, ‘Hey, is it OK to take off our bandanas and hug one another at present?’”
Braun has been performing since age six however has lengthy been involved in music as properly. “I began writing songs like six years in the past,” he says. “I’ve simply been very hesitant to place something out. It’s at all times behind my head — making music. I’d like to carry out, I’d like to tour. That is the very first thing I’m formally placing out, however I really like this music.”
To those that are curious: Braun has been examined for each COVID-19 and antibodies — and the outcomes had been each detrimental. So in Braun’s personal phrases: “You higher keep away!”