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This week’s NYC Scene Report features Missyou feeling “closetoyou,” WIVES defining “The 20 Teens,” Safer just wanting to be left alone, and “1001” reasons to check out Glitterer.
* NYC-based alt-pop-rock band Missyou have been making a name for themselves with their debut EP, YourBody, and they’re keeping the buzz going with the final single off the project, “closetoyou.”
Missyou frontman Blaise Beyhan explained the inspiration for the song in a statement, saying, “A girl who I grew up with, who used to babysit me, and was part of the commune I grew up in, she was like a big sister to me, passed away a couple of months ago. I did not know what to say and the thing that kept coming to mind is to say we should not take each other for granted, that we need to keep our loved ones close, and that none of us are getting out alive.”
Beyhan added, “The video is an expression of loss of innocence, and an exercise of grief.”
It’s a heck of a clip, and a great song, so click play, and don’t miss out on Missyou.
* You never know how randomly hearing a song by A Flock Of Seagulls will affect you. For Jay Beach, singer/guitarist of the Queens-based indie rock band WIVES, it made him want to make a definitive song, a song, like A Flock Of Seagulls’ “I Ran,” that encapsulates an era.
This idea turned into the band’s recently released single, “The 20 Teens.”
Attempting to make a song that defines a decade is lofty goal for sure, but “The 20 Teens” is an indie rock song that sounds like it has to be from this decade, so for WIVES it’s mission accomplished.
“The 20 Teens” is off WIVES’ upcoming full length debut, So Removed, which is currently scheduled to be released in October, and you can check out the song right here.
* Safer (the latest project of Brooklyn-based artist Mattie Safer, who you may know from The Rapture, and Poolside) has one simple request – “Leave Me Alone.”
Expanding on the topic of his latest single, Safer explains, “‘Leave Me Alone’ was one of the first songs that I made for this band where I ‘figured out’ the production. I was on my first run of shows with Poolside and working off my laptop and headphones in-between shows and soundchecks. Up until that point the music was very ‘band in a room,’ and Jeffrey (Paradise, from Poolside) suggested bringing in some more synths and production to give it a little twist of modernity. Lyrically, it’s pretty simple – doesn't everyone want to be left alone sometimes? Drama and fatalism are my middle names, but I try to at least be funny about it.”
Get wrapped up in Safer’s drama, as “Leave Me Alone” is a wonderfully addictive song you’ll end up humming while walking down the street. Actually, it’s wildly appropriate to hum this while walking down the street.
* Glitterer is the newest musical project of Title Fight bassist/vocalist Ned Russin. It was born in the carpeted basement of his family’s home in Kingston, PA, but he’s brought it to his current home of NYC. If the song “1001” is any indicator, the city – and entire country – is about to get a whole lot more glittery.
“1001” is the lead single off Glitterer’s upcoming full length album, Looking Through The Shades, which is due out this Friday, July 12th, via ANTI-. Russin is currently in the midst of a 20-date tour in support of the album, which began June 8th and will run through September 1st.
For what you’ll hear when he hits the stage, click play on “1001.” You won’t be disappointed.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.