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This week’s NYC Scene Report features some good vibes from indie pop artist Eric Frisch, the “Bleeding Heart” of electro pop rockers The Dig, politically motivated punk rock from Rebelmatic, and the sex folk of TAMMY.
* By combining elements of ‘50s and ‘60s pop with modern indie pop, Eric Frisch has created a feel good anthem with his latest single, “The Light Ahead.”
Off of his self-produced, full-length album, Goodbye Birdcage, Frisch describes “The Light Ahead” as “a fun summer song,” adding, “we had a really great time shooting the music video for it. I had the idea to just do a dance in front of a wall with a bunch of my friends."
Summer may be in the rearview mirror, but “The Light Ahead” certainly brings back the vibe of the season, even as we’re bundling up to go outside.
* In anticipation of their upcoming album, Bloodshot Tokyo (due out February 2017), NYC electro pop-rockers The Dig have released a brand new single, titled “Bleeding Heart (You're The One).”
In a statement, the band said of the song, "'Bleeding Heart' is some kind of confused offshoot of Dostoevsky's The Idiot. A hard working, blue collar, good samaritan is continually seduced by a beautiful upscale sociopath. In the end, they are both overwhelmed by love for each other.”
The band continued, adding, “It feels both strange, and appropriate, to release a pop song called 'Bleeding Heart' in this particular corner of time. It was a song we all wrote together by a lake in Connecticut a year ago, and it feels good to set it out into the world today."
* If you’re looking for something heavy to rock out to, look no further than the latest from NYC punk/hardcore band Rebelmatic.
Rebelmatic recently released a video for their song “Native,” which is a bit of a blast from the past, as it’s off of the band’s 2014 release, Elephant Amnesia.
Still completely relevant, both lyrically, and musically, as we enter 2017, Rebelmatic describes the song, saying, “‘Native’ is a paranoid schizophrenic's romance tale about a city that both loathes and loves the inhabitants who waste themselves away just to say they might be alive.”
Rock out with Rebelmatic, as they bring some classic political punk rock to your eardrums.
* Slowing things down a considerable amount, and giving you an excuse to get close to someone special, the NYC Scene Report is closing things out this week with self-described “sex folk” duo TAMMY.
The Brooklyn-based twosome of Aaron and Brooke (no last names), will be releasing an album titled This, on Friday, and in a statement they said of the project, "This collection of songs brings together the two sides of TAMMY – the satirical lover, and the woman of longing. Since 'the satirical lover and the woman of longing' was kind of a mouthful, we decided to call the record, This. Hope you enjoy."
Click play on the soothing, and melodic, single “Away For The Weekend,” and take TAMMY for a spin.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.