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 Hennessey pretending it’s the ‘80s, The Bobby Lees having some serious “Drive,” and Rachel Lorin lighting it up with “Kerosene.”
* Describing themselves as a “good old fashioned hipster band from New York,” Hennessey is harkening back to a beloved era of music with their latest single, “Let’s Pretend (it’s the ‘80s).”
Frontwoman Leah Hennessey explained the inspiration for the song saying, “I think every generation feels like they’ve just missed out on the good times, when things were real, when gods walked the earth … This is kind of an ironic love letter to my generation; to those of us who grew up in the shadow of a lost New York, those of us who felt like our underground could only ever be an imitation of the Atlantis our parents were too fucked up to remember, kept alive in coffee table books and party documentaries and mood boards forever more.”
She continued, adding, “I’ve always felt like there was something a little wrong with me for not lusting after money – or security – for wanting to opt out and live in a fantasy world of costume jewelry, but more and more I’m realizing that’s a part of my generation’s downwardly mobile heritage. The system is broken, what can I say but ‘let’s dance?’”
Click play, and dance along with Hennessey.
* NY-based garage punk band The Bobby Lees create the kind of rock n roll that you immediately want to crank up, and drive way too fast to. Their upcoming album, Skin Suit, it due out July 17th, and the latest single off it is the frantic “Drive.”
The video for “Drive” was born out of an unfortunate situation. The band explained the conditions that led to the filming of the clip, saying, “A couple of months ago we were heading down to Austin, TX for SXSW, and playing shows along the way. By the time we got to Tulsa, Oklahoma our nine SXSW shows had been cancelled because of the virus, so we made the best of our time in Tulsa and shot a video with our friends, while keeping a safe distance.”
Whenever venues are allowed to open their doors again, I can’t wait to be in the crowd for a Bobby Lees show. Check out the video, and I think you’ll understand why.
* Singer-songwriter Rachel Lorin has no qualms about burning it all down with her latest single, “Kerosene.”
The song is about Lorin’s first relationship, which is one she describes as “the most challenging and toxic relationship ever.” Based on the lyrics of “Kerosene,” and the power and emotion with which she sings those lyrics, Lorin’s clearly come out the other side ready to kick some ass.
Click play, and light it up with Rachel Lorin.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.