Milla Belanich


Proper. Shares New Single “Potential” Ahead of AFROPUNK Brooklyn Set

August 15, 2023

“I think I realized there was a change
When Bartees became a household name
Someone I regarded as a peer
Shot off over night into the stratosphere”


Erik Garlington’s talent with the gut-punch lyric is unrivaled. As the songwriter for Proper., Erik’s songs transform the turmoil of inner-monologue into some of the most exciting punk rock in recent years. The band’s latest “Potential” both builds on the successes of last year’s stellar The Great American Novel musically, while reflecting lyrically on the weird place in their career it launched them into. Musing over their trajectory, Garlington builds from a confessional whisper to a heart-wrenching shout, asking: what next?



Erik Garlington explains: “My entire life I’ve been told I have so much wasted potential. I excelled at school, when I wanted to be there, but didn’t walk at graduation. I don’t even have a yearbook photo. Then I skipped out on college, even though I had some good schools interested in me for culinary arts. And then, and then, and then… This track is me mulling over the central theme of the record. We simply have too much potential to stagnate and accept being just an ‘opener band.'”


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