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This week’s NYC Scene Report features Times Like These turning office life into a party, THICK gettin’ all up on “Your Mom,” Brooke Moriber suggesting we “Cry Like A Girl,” and EXNATIONS finding all the right connections with “Tether.”
* Pop punk legends blink-182 once opined, “Work sucks, I know,” and Long Island-based pop-punk band Times Like These has visualized that emotion in the video for their latest single “Rosebay.” The good news is they also show you how to beat those office blues, and rock out on company time.
Off their Take Me Home EP, frontman Mike Acampora described the inspiration for the song in a statement, saying, “‘Rosebay’ is a song that focuses on when the honeymoon phase of love ends and all the bells and whistles fade away, and you see the person for (who) they really are. Sometimes it’s great but sometimes, it's not so great.”
Check out the video, and have an extended honeymoon phase with the music of Times Like These.
* THICK have a thing for “Your Mom.” “Your Mom” being the latest blistering punk rock single from the Brooklyn-based trio.
THICK’s Kate Black (bass/vocals) described the song in a statement, saying it’s “a tirade against all the things your mom said you could or couldn’t do.”
The band recently wrapped up a West Coast tour, but if you missed them on the road, you can see the video for “Your Mom,” which was animated by Esme Blegvad, right here.
* NYC singer-songwriter Brooke Moriber recently released a full length album titled Cry Like A Girl, but do not mistake those tears for weakness.
Moriber explains the sentiment of the album, and its title track, saying, “Itʼs a statement about the strength that comes from embracing your emotions, and allowing yourself to heal and grow.”
If you haven’t discovered Moriber yet, you can see her at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 in NYC on June 12th, and you can check out the video for “Cry Like A Girl” right here.
* Brooklyn-based indie pop band EXNATIONS is ready to “Tether” itself to you. “Tether” being the name of the band’s latest single off their upcoming EP, Pink Haze, which is due out June 28th.
Lead singer Sal Mastrocola described the inspiration for the song in a statement, saying “‘Tether’ is a story about the early days of a budding romance – the nervous energy, the silly games, the small spark of possibility that this time it’s the real thing. (It’s) a feeling that seems all the more precious in this era when we look for love on our phones.”
The band will be hitting the road for a quick run of half a dozen shows from July 6th through July 13th (see their full tour itinerary on their Facebook page). For a taste of what you’ll hear, click play on “Tether,” and feel a connection to EXNATIONS.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.