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This week’s NYC Scene Report features ZEBEDEE’s “Messy Boy,” Emmrose making the request to “Take Me With You,” and Another Day’s Armor diving “Underneath.”
* Brooklyn-based psych-rock band ZEBEDEE will be releasing their sophomore album later this year, but right now they have an excellent standalone single titled “Messy Boy,” the video for which is a mind-bending treat.
The band describes the clip, which was directed by Mike Hsieh/Bowery Pictures, saying, “A beautiful woman awakens to find younger versions of herself living out their wildest dreams before her very eyes. Starting out as a confident and energetic 8 years old, then moving through to her angsty teens, she joins the group of her younger selves to rock out to the music playing inside her head. The team is spurred on by her imaginary friend – Messy Boy, The Elephant. The journey takes some tumbles and turns, and leaves us wondering, was it all just a dream?”
Click play on “Messy Boy,” because whether it’s reality, or a dream, it rocks.
* Alt-pop / dark pop artist Emmrose is making a simple request with her latest single – “Take Me With You.”
Off her recently released debut EP, Hopeless Romantics, Emmrose explained the inspiration for “Take Me With You,” saying, “Someone who I care about a lot went away for the summer. I felt really lonely without him. The lyrics of the song make me sound almost like a stalker, but I heightened the sound of my emotions in the lyrics.”
Give “Take Me With You” a listen, and see where the gorgeous voice of Emmrose takes you.
* I hope you’re ready to rock, because up next is something heavy from hard rock outfit Another Day’s Armor.
The band’s latest single is “Underneath,” the video for which frontman Daemien Drake discussed in a statement, saying, “The video is dark and maniacal, but also depressing in a way due to the main character not knowing how to express his affection in a normal way.”
Check out the clip, and be prepared to play your best air guitar and air drums wherever you may be, because it’s definitely that kind of song.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.