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This week’s NYC Scene Report features a “Night” with indie rockers Active Bird Community, retro rock band Station promising they won’t break your heart, a very cool video from art-pop outfit Operator Music Band, and some “Saturday” thoughts in rhyme form from iAreConscious.
* In celebration of their signing with Barsuk Records, Brooklyn-based indie rock band Active Bird Community have released a new single, titled “Spend The Night.”
The band’s singer/guitarist Tom D’Agustino explained the song in a statement, saying, “'Spend The Night' poses a question to the listener about relationships, mainly how to navigate them when you feel them slipping away. Is it better to stay in a place that isn’t working anymore for the sake of the relationship, or is it okay to move on?”
Check out “Spend The Night,” as there’s a chance it could lead to a long affair between Active Bird Community and your personal playlist.
* If you miss when rock n roll filled arenas, and gave us anthems we could sing along to at the top of our lungs (basically, the ‘80s. I’m asking if you miss the ‘80s) you’re going to love NYC-based rock band Station.
Station’s recently released sophomore album, More Than The Moon landed on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and the band’s guitarist, Chris Lane, discussed their totally metered reaction to this news, saying, “Making the Billboard chart is more than insane. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported Station. I am going to quote my good friend, and Station vocalist, Patrick Kearney on this matter, as I feel like he best articulated the thoughts and feelings that are currently in my heart, and more importantly, my soul – ‘WE’RE ON THE F*CKING Billboard CHARTS!!!’ These are inspired words by a man who knows how to sing.”
Check out Station’s art gallery themed video for “I Won’t Break Your Heart,” and hear what all the buzz is about.
* It’s a pretty safe bet that if you frequent this site you aren’t afraid to get a little weird, and with that being the case, the new video from indie art-pop outfit Operator Music Band will likely be right up your alley.
The video is for the band’s latest single, “Communicator 4,” which is off of their 2017 EP, Coördination (one of the rare times we’ve seen an umlaut used in music outside of Mötley Crüe), and the clip, directed by Barbie Boy, is colorful, creative, and indescribably strange. It’s like several fever dreams mixed together to form a visual treat. Click play, and see what I mean.
* iAreConscious has been a mainstay on this site for over a decade. His artistry, as a whole, defies categorization. For his latest song, “Saturday,” he’s giving hip-hop fans one minute and 47 seconds of thought provoking ideas.
“Free Thought might cost a nigga reputation / Two turntables and a mic, new plantation,” he rhymes, adding, later in the verse, “Aware of Karma, hobby llamas that be paper stackin’ / I ain't hatin’, just relatin' all receipts and facts when …”
Give “Saturday” a spin, or three, and catch iAreConscious’ vibe.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.