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This week’s NYC Scene Report features indie pop-rockers The Classic Kids helping people have “Better Days,” an indie pop gem about the “Stage Life” from Katie Rush, a tour of electro-pop-rock artist Isador’s “Jungle,” and singer-songwriter Camille Trust looking to “Move On.”
* If you’re in need of a pick me up, or are simply in the mood to feel good, The Classic Kids’ latest single, “Better Days,” should be in your personal rotation.
The Brooklyn indie pop-rock foursome’s vocalist, and guitarist, Matty Boy explains, “During these hard times of political differences, we wanted to create lyrics that can just take your mind away from all that, and give you something to feel good about. These are our better days.”
The video for “Better Days” features the band roaming around NYC, attempting to make the day better for everyone they encounter. It’s pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, so check it out.
* Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Katie Rush is giving listeners quite the rush of classic ‘80s and ‘90s pop vibes with her latest single, “Stage Life.”
According to Rush, “Stage Life,” which is off of her upcoming LP of the same name, is a love song to music, and her Brooklyn stomping grounds, as she explains, “The song is a fun, upbeat track about coming into my own as a singer and really enjoying life.”
The video for “Stage Life,” which was directed by Teresa Kudarauskas, is a conceptual behind-the-scenes look at the fantasy of being a star, and fits the vibe of the song perfectly.
Click play and get a rush from Katie Rush.
* Isador – the multimedia project of Queens-based artist Warren Heller – is welcoming everyone to his “Jungle,” an elecro-pop-rock song, and video, that that will have you casting your chair aside, and dancing at your desk.
In a statement, Isador explained the video for “Jungle,” saying, “We tried to build a kind of sci-fi world to capture the conflicted feelings that inspired the song. It’s about the paradoxical crossroads that the music industry – and by extension every industry – puts you in. You have to avoid the machinery that tries to exploit you, you and your passion, but (you) also have to work with it enough to survive. To highlight the cyclical, difficult-to-escape nature of it we shot most of the video in reverse.”
While the video was shot in reverse, Isador, and his work, continue to make huge leaps forward. Check out the clip, and get lost in his “Jungle.”
* Camille Trust is looking to “Move On,” but that’s sometimes easier said than done, as she adeptly expresses in her latest song, “Move On.”
“Move On” is the final single from the powerhouse vocalist’s recently released EP, No Other Way, and she describes the separation that inspired the song, saying, “Making the smart decision isn't always easy, and I didn’t know if I could see out to the other side. It’s important to feel and breathe through that pain. During that time, it was difficult for me to speak my mind out loud in conversation, but when this song was created I tapped into a new wave inside of me.”
The wave is a powerful one you can feel, and not just in the lyrics, but in the way Trust sings those lyrics. The way she holds a note during the first chorus is freakin' incredible!
Check out the video. I promise you won’t want to “Move On” from Camille Trust.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.