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This week’s NYC Scene Report features The Velvicks’ debut single, “Hit Me Like Sugar,” Fiona Silver feeling like a “Hostage of Love,” and Elle Winter showing off some girl power with “Yeah, No.”
* If you like your modern indie rock with a classic rock feel, then look no further than The Velvicks. After two years of live shows, the Brooklyn-based band has finally released their debut single, “Hit Me Like Sugar,” and it’s cross-generational gem.
Frontman Vick Nader discussed “Hit Me Like Sugar” in a statement, saying, “This is our motorcycle song. The inspiration for this song was a hot biker Ed (the band’s drummer) and I met a couple years ago at a bar in Brooklyn. We were both stunned like teenagers by her and her passion for the motorcycling craft. We’ve never seen her again, but it was enough to inspire us to create this dirty toned/sexy/Motorhead vibe tune that is full throttle from the moment it starts until its abrupt ending. Just like a crash.”
The Velvicks’s debut EP, RUN, will be released this spring, and you check check out the video for “Hit Me Like Sugar” right here.
* I don’t want to alarm anyone, but for the first time in NYC Scene Report history we have a hostage situation. The hostage, in this case, is soulful indie rock songstress Fiona Silver, and in her own words, she’s a “Hostage of Love.”
“Hostage of Love” is the title track of her latest EP, and now there’s a video for the song that will immediately lead you to being captured, and captivated, by the sultry Silver.
Check out the clip, and just so you know, resistance is futile!
* Elle Winter has been laying the groundwork to become NYC’s next big pop star, and the latest step she’s taken is her recently released debut EP, Yeah, No.
The EP is led by the girl power inspired title track, which Winter discussed in a statement, saying, “I want the song and video to create a sense of solidarity among women who are able to find strength and confidence in themselves even as they are belittled by others who think they need them to thrive, when, in fact, ‘Yeah, No.’ they don’t.”
Winter is clearly thriving on her own, as “Yeah, No” is another big statement from the future pop star.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.