Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 20 years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, and B-movies. Part time ninja. Kicked cancer’s ass. My memoir, ChemBro, is out now!
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This week’s NYC Scene Report features Safer tearing down countercultural saviors, an introduction to Jennifer Silva’s incredible voice, a retro-cool video from The Jay Vons, and rockers Station continuing to make the present feel a little bit like the ‘80s.
* If you’re looking for a savior from false rock gods, look no further than the latest single from Brooklyn-based indie-rock artist Safer. Titled “Countercultural Savior,” the song is a satirical takedown of the rock ‘n’ roll mystique.
Explaining the inspiration for “Countercultural Savior” in a statement, Safer said, “As teens we build up these figures as gods, and canonize their names, but looking at it with a bit of perspective I just see a bunch of sad men Pied Piper-ing their fans into self-destructive behavior and consumerism in the name of profit.”
Check out “Countercultural Savior,” I guarantee you’ve never had a better time tearing down false gods.
* A couple weeks ago I was at The Bowery Electric for a headlining performance by longtime column favorite Anna Rose. Of course, I showed up in time to check out the opening acts, the first of which was so good I immediately stopped everything I was doing and paid attention to what was happening on stage.
The artist was Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Jennifer Silva, and I – along with the rest of the audience – was transfixed by her soulful voice, and fun personality, for the rest of her set.
Later in the evening I caught up with Silva, and found out she released an album in 2018 titled Bluest Sky, Darkest Earth, and is currently working on new music for 2020.
Check out her song “Command Z” and get a taste of why I, and everyone else at The Bowery Electric, immediately became fans of Jennifer Silva.
* NYC-based quartet The Jay Vons sound like they’re from another time, and with the clip for their song “Changing Seasons,” they now have a video to match!
The video was directed by the band’s keyboardist, Dave Amels, who discussed the concept for it in a statement, saying, “Like a narcotic dream, in a Panamanian copy of Germany’s Beat Club we find the band. The name, Club de Carne, is a misinterpretation of the Beat Club name as Meat Club. A time machine, black and white, analog video, (it’s) a 1968 visual fantasy.”
Click play, and go back in time with The Jay Vons.
* Speaking of bands that could be from another era, NYC rockers Station recently released their third album, titled Stained Glass, and the single “A Matter of Time” sounds like it’s straight out of the ‘80s in the best possible way.
If you grew up in the ‘80s, or appreciate the era’s rock music, you’ll absolutely love Station, and probably wonder where they’ve been all your life. Actually, maybe you won’t wonder that, because Station tour regularly, and I’ve been mentioning them in this column since I first saw them at Mercury Lounge back in 2015.
It’s only “A Matter of Time” before I see them again. Click play on the video, and hear why.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.