Video Premiere: John June Year, "Hollywood"

John June Year are a lot like their music video for "Hollywood" they're premiering on Sound in the Static today. It begins somewhere in a two-dimensional world, or an impossibly foggy concert where only silhouettes are discernable. It's sophisticated and cool, but you're just dying to know who's behind the screen. 

The Iowa band (Greg Heysinger, vox and guitar; Colin Sullivan, guitar; Kyle Talbot, keys and vox; Parker Wolfe, drums and Cory Talbot, bass and vox) might try to be honest-to-God rock, but they come out with something irresistibly catchy and frankly, pop. But good pop. If you took a step back from TV On The Radio towards the Red Hot Chili Peppers, that's about where John June Year stand in the musical spectrum. 

Directed by Bruce James Bales and produced by Greg Heysinger, Jason Reed and Bruce James Bales, the video comes after the release of their  Pop Sucker EP released in December.

Simple, clean and intriguing –– there's no hiding from the hooks of John June Year. 

Savage Sister premiere video for upcoming LP "Speechless"

One of my favorite dark-gaze bands, Savage Sister, released a new video for their upcoming winter release Speechless, featuring new song "Cocoon."

Shot by Laura Wagner, and edited by Michael Tenzer (guitarist, synth, producer of SS) it looks like a thin layer of sparkling Play-Doh was overlaid on top movies of fire, toilet paper flowing in the wind, Brigitte Bardot lookalikes and is that grape jelly? 

The song features a heavy helping of drone guitar and barely-there vocals, best listened to a little spaced-out. If it's a preview of what's to come, I'm ready for it.

Read a profile on Savage Sister and their place in the dream spectrum.