This week’s #5NewVideos list consists of The Rebel Light, The Fem Doms, BJ The Chicago Kid, and more.
The Rebel Light “Strangers” (Submitted)
Aligning myself with things that make me smile and think is what I do these days. In comes “Strangers,” a song and video by the Los Angeles, the California-based band The Rebel Light. Whether you agree or disagree, strangers make better friends. You’re starting off with a clean slate. Little to no judgments and respect and mystery are still there. Newly signed to Dualtone Records like The Lumineers, The Rebel Light began a small tour on July 9 in Pasadena and will play in Philadelphia on August 7. If you’re around, catch them live at Radio 104.5’s Summer Block Party. Other tour dates below.
According to the cheerful email I received, The Rebel Light will announce the release date for their 5-song EP titled, “A Hundred Summer Days” sooner than later. Stay tuned for more news, music and more from the Indie Pop/Alternative trio. I’m excited to hear and review it.
July 9 – SFC Victory Park, Pasadena, CA
July 21 – New Rock 104.1 TB&J Fresno, CA
July 23 – Alt 987’s Lobster Festival – Los Angeles Waterfront, CA
July 24 – KCSN Local Spotlight, Woodland Hills, CA
Aug 7 – Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party – Philadelphia, PA
Sep 10 Radio 94.7’s City of Trees Festival w/ Weezer, Phantogram, Panic At The Disco & Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Sacramento, CA
The Fem Doms “Dropped” (Submitted Audio Bonus)
Musicians from specific regions tend to sound similar. There isn’t much we can do about it as residents of designated parts of the planet. We are inspired by what we see, hear, taste. When listening to “Strangers” by The Red Light, I could tell that they were from California before a single line about their origins. The same idea applies for “Dropped” by The Fem Doms. There’s something about the guitar work that screams Eastcoast (specifically Brooklyn-via-Lower East Side) dive bar, leather jackets, cigarettes, darkness and Winter chill. The tempo, chord progression, and bass lines are unique and have an attitude of their own. This attitude is part of their forthcoming EP, surprisingly titled “Attic” and not “A New York Attitude.”
Fable Cry “Dead Or Alive (For Now)” (Submitted)
Shocking to hear and watch at first, Fable Cry evokes a fright and stare that no one else from Nashville, Tennessee has been able to achieve with me. “Dead Or Alive (For Now)” is the kind of music I could hear playing during a crisp Halloween night, in a horror movie or worse — the soundtrack of a child’s nightmare. Violins, bass, guitars, drums and unforgettable voices make the quartet dominate the ghoulish-theatrical lane they seem to enjoy and pioneer. If you aren’t freaked out yet, watch Fable Cry’s video for “Fancy Dancing.” Your skin will crawl.
BJ The Chicago Kid “Love Inside” (Personal)
Lighting it up a bit and injecting love into the mix, “Love Inside” is one of BJ The Chicago Kid’s lead singles from his debut album “In My Mind.” There’s so much soul and passion in the lyrics of the song, it is simply difficult to ignore. The video starts off with the singer-songwriter playing drums with members of his band. Suddenly, he is in a room full of attractive ladies of all shades. The room’s wall is pink. Everything is alright in the world. If you’re reading this, yes you, I want you to feel the love I have inside me. If you haven’t seen this young Chicagoan sing live, you should check him out. He’s coming to New York on July 20. He’ll play the Highline Ballroom. If you’re in town, make it a night with a friend. Fun times will ensue.
Sincere & HansSOLO “Passenger Seat” (Submitted)
Smooth and jazzy like the best Hip-Hop tends to be, Sincere and HansSOLO of Progressive Era share the official video for “Passenger Seat.” Andy “Orange Cap” Miller, the director, describes the video as such:
“Set against a surreal backdrop following the split stories of our young narrators. Sincere evokes many emotions during the atmospheric opening verse, from feelings of nostalgia to the universal pains of growing up. We float around a noirish red room to a smoked out classic car in the driveway after the evening ends. Rounding out the poetic second verse is young Philo, a lost soul in the streets of Miami as the sun descends beyond the palm trees into blackness.”
Brother Moses “Crazy Eyes” (Submitted)
On a random sunny morning, a young woman decided to join a band as a drummer. Luckily, sexism didn’t hinder her. Unfortunate for the men, she turned out to be the worst decision they made. She dated two members and eventually married one. Watch the video and find out her sole purpose.
The Fayetteville, Arkansas band plan to release their sophomore project simply titled “Legends” next month (August 26) on Missing Piece Records. On August 8, they will play live at Pianos in New York City. If you’re around, check them out.