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This week’s NYC Scene Report features The Shacks spreading their “Wings,” fish narc suffering from “BOREDOM,” and GIRL SKIN’s ode to a “Darling.”
* The Shacks are working on finishing up their upcoming album, but to tide us over they’ve given us a feel-good single titled “Wings.”
Featuring breathy, understated, vocals, and a sound that’s a mixture of indie pop and indie rock, “Wings” is another winner from the band fronted by singer/bassist Shannon Wise and guitarist/producer Max Shrager.
Give it a spin, and I think you’ll love The Shacks.
* fish narc will be releasing his upcoming album, WiLDFiRE, on June 12th via GothBoiClique Records, but presently he’s experiencing something many of us obeying stay-at-home orders are suffering from – “BOREDOM.”
The latest single off WiLDFiRE, when releasing the video for “BOREDOM” fish narc also relayed a message I think a number of us can relate to – “It’s weird, or sad, IDK (I don’t know) what to do about it … definitely don’t wanna let other people see me like this … not to be cliche, but it’s really hard to feel the true emotional impact of the things happening around me. Being alone is inevitable, and feeling that way can’t be helped … I miss wheels on concrete, and physical gravity! Being in your head hits different when you aren’t supposed to leave the house.”
The video for “BOREDOM” was co-directed by fish narc and Nick Blanco, and features clips culled from over 300 fan contributions of skate footage.
Click play, and temporarily cure your “BOREDOM.”
* The frontman of indie folk-rock band GIRL SKIN has something to say to his “Darling.”
The third track off GIRL SKIN’s recently released debut album, Shade is on the other side, “Darling” was written by the band’s Sid Simons about the early stages of his current relationship.
“My girlfriend is older than me,” he explained in a statement, “and in the early days of our relationship, it seemed like a problem. The only way I could think to tell her it wasn’t an issue was to write her a song. She’s my ‘Darling.’”
Click play, and hear their story.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.