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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.
Mix together the drugged-out dance of Cherub, the melodic synths of Justice and the sky-high, silky voice of Baths and you'll end up with the indie-pop stew of VERSKOTZI.
A musical project of Joey Verskotzi (lead singer, songwriter and producer), Verskotzi is from a small town in Southern Minnesota. New Ulm, for any of you familiar with the area...and they’re releasing new EP Waving out December 18.
Waving takes place in a forever-twilight kind of landscape. Constantly traveling on buses en route to parties with a plethora of drugs or the morning after drive, coming down from a rough trip. VERSKOTZIi’s latest work glimmers with the intensity of a thousand disco balls, and it’s irrefutably catchy.
Strong, pulsating synths in “Sleepless One” pulls you into an explosive club chorus. The lyrics jump from blatant to descriptive, “I’m feeling too unstable, to stay away from the drugs on the table” is followed with “My mind, a brush, just leaving it’s paint strokes.” It’s not something you’d sit and analyze, but it’s a helluva dance track.
“Mayday” doesn’t have the same catchy hook and chorus, the song instead builds on itself. You're not sure where it's taking you but before you know it, funky guitar and synth-sax carry you through the song.
Waving marries intricate synth details with daring disco melodies. It bursts into a dance able solar-flare -- if you’re into that kind of thing.
the video for “Sleepless One” includes a bunch of motorcycle cowboys singing indie-pop. And Joey makes a cameo at 3:42.
'Sitting Bitch With Bailey' is a podcast about capturing a moment of transportation with musicians. In short...I sit in between musicians in a car and go somewhere. Episode One features Brooklyn rock and roll band, The Jeanies.
Honest rock and roll has a tendency to get lost in genre-bending garage rock that's saturating the present Brooklyn scene right now. That is until The Jeanies came out of their lamp, which was probably filled strictly with Dwight Twilley, Phil Seymour and Buddy Holly records. The Brooklyn four piece consists of Joey Farber, guitar and lead vox; John Principio, bass and vox; Dylan Handelman, drums and Jon Mann, guitar and vox. They're self-titled debut album produced on analog cassette equipment releases December 19 via King Pizza Records.
30 years of influences ranging from doo-wop, boogie and R&B create their music’s shimmering jangle that has the power of '80s Brill Building pop. The Jeanies’ sound shines light on dark corners of DIY basement shows everywhere in Brooklyn.
The album The Jeanies plays like a love story. It's full of love songs about girls with names like Judy, met while dancing or on the train, who were always thought to be 'the one,' but quickly fall out of love. Catchy songs like "I Think You're The Wrong One" will never leave your head. Vocals from Joey Farber sound like a step back in time throwing old-school sheen on fuzzed out guitar.
The most arresting moment in the album comes during "I'll Warm You." It's a lovely, lilting song that suspends a raw moment of infatuation. Sweet melodies keep the album moving within a dreamy, fantasy landscape in a sort of purgatorial time-line – not quite now, not quite then.
The analog cassette recording creates a sound that's deep and rich, yet tantalizingly out of reach. The Jeanies' debut album curates the best moments from their favorite bands into their own interpretations with tender songwriting, genius countermelodies and just enough vintage flair.
Catch the new album live at their record release show Dec 19 with Games, BIG HUGE and the Mad Doctors at Don Pedro.
Listen to the full album below:
- Seen Her Dance
- I Think You're The Wrong One
- It's For You
- The Girl's Gonna Go
- I'll Warm You
- Believe Me Jenny
- Her Flesh
- That's The One
- The Kids Are No Good
- Gotta Get Back To Judy
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.
Sound in the Static is relocating to Brooklyn until the end of the year, and is going on a mission to hear New York sounds.
Artists interested in interviews, reviews or video performances, get a hold of us.