Pet rocks and healing crystals: two things that many people have projected their own meaning onto over the years. Getting attached to an inanimate object or believing that one could have restorative powers may seem weird to some, but don’t we all have our own neuroses that we embrace to get by? Washer’s “Pet Rock Vs. Healing Crystal,” the second single from their upcoming debut Here Comes Washer, takes the form of a dual narrative, looking at two people who rely on the titular stand-ins for emotional support. “Who are we to judge her/him otherwise?” they ask. “It’s not like we’ve got our shit together/ As long as he/she doesn’t hurt anyone…” The duo admits there’s a “tight rope” between healthy obsessions and harm, but notes that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge someone else.
“The song is sort of a reminder to try to empathize with someone’s personality or weird habit or ritual instead of just writing them off,” Mike Quigley explained to Paste. “I think a lot of us are hardwired to immediately compartmentalize and move on without taking much time to observe individuals in depth. So I just want to remind myself to try to take in more of the whole picture, and to relate peoples’ actions or aspirations to my own before forming an opinion. Pretty much like, don’t be a dickhead.”
Here Comes Washer is out 1/22 via Exploding in Sound.