Tim Pool's Timcast Records new single "Only Ever Wanted" has skyrocketed to the top of the charts.
Within a day of the release, the tune ranked #2 on iTunes and became the #1 song in Alternative rock. Pool, a well known journalist and host of the podcast Timcast IRL, took to Twitter to thank everyone for the single's success.
The track features drums by former The Offspring drummer Pete Parada. A promo video for the song was released earlier in August.
The song is written and performed by Tim Pool with drums by Parada and is produced and performed by Carter Banks. Parada was ousted from the band The Offspring last year after drumming with the group for 14 years because he refused the Covid vaccine.
In a statement, Parada said that "Tim was one of the first people with a large platform to support me after my dismissal from The Offspring. When I reached out to thank him, he immediately invited me to his home to talk about music and the possibility of working together."
He said he was impressed by the range of material Pool had already written.
Pool said it's been a "dream come true" to work with Parada and Banks on the new album.
"The first song I ever learned was from the first album I ever bought, 'Americana' by the Offspring. When I heard that Pete was fired over his inability to get the vaccine I knew instantly that The Offspring had made a mistake, both politically and in terms of market opportunity," he said in a statement.
"Pete's drumming and vision has been a major asset to our production and added that burst of energy our songs were looking for. Carter made magic happen and transformed these songs I've written into something I never thought possible."
Parada suffers from Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disease which causes the immune system to attack the nervous system. Parada says his doctor advised him against getting the Covid vaccine, as it would be more dangerous than the virus, of which he had a mild case of last year.
"I lost my job and with that my ability to support my family," Parada said. "I knew speaking up could likely cost me any other opportunities and potentially my career. But the worst part was actually how my community turned their backs on me overnight. Our families traveled the world together."
Parada said his children grew up with his former band mates' children and their wives were close friends as well.
"It’s easy to be considered 'family' by someone when you are doing exactly what they want. You find out pretty quickly where you stand with a person when you start saying no. My inability to get jabbed and my overall position in opposition to the vaccine mandates was inconvenient to their business plans so I was replaced immediately and never heard from them again."
In a series of tweets posted in August, Parada spoke out against vaccine requirements, writing "I do not find it ethical or wise to allow those with the most power (government, corporations, organizations, employers) to dictate medical procedures to those with the least power."
His statement continued: "For me this issue was about so much more than my health versus my career. I imagined my children eventually in my same position: one day having to choose between opportunity and bodily autonomy."
"I thought if I get a fake card, like many are doing - and avoid taking this hit, I’ll just be kicking the authoritarianism down the road for my kids to deal with and I won’t have shown them how to stand up in the face of ridicule."
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