Life through the lens: Rare Americans delve into the lives of drug addicts, gamblers and cartoon dogs

Rock

Rare Americans is one of those bands that read the rule book cover-to-cover and then set it alight. They’ve repeatedly proved their pioneering mentality with both their innovative pop punk sound and their high-production music videos. (Of course, it does help that frontman James Priestner owns small production company where the band are based in Vancouver.) Since the band dropped their first music video over a month ago for ‘Cats Dogs & Rats’, they’ve dropped a new one each week. With their self-titled album release looming (Aug 10), we’ve decided to do a run down of their incredible visuals.

CATS, DOGS & RATS

Is about choices, decisions, and the company we keep. How seemingly small choices can become life altering, and how groups of authority influence us all.”

‘Cats, Dogs & Rats’ ticks all the boxes of a pop-punk anthem without regurgitating the tried and tested formula. The pioneers playfully disregard the genre’s tropes, opting for acoustic guitar and horns as their weapons of choice and incorporating a love of hip-hop.

The colourful video was created by Brooklyn-based animator Harry Tietelman (Killer Mike of Run The Jewels).

MOSS PARK

“Is the story of Toronto’s infamous Moss Park, and the people who inhabit it. Drugs, booze, addiction, and people just trying to stay alive.”

Plagued by issues of drug overdoses, homelessness, and crime, Moss Park has made headlines recently due to unprecedented attempts to tackle the Opioid crisis. Rare Americans’ timely cut seems to be from the perspective of a rough sleeper with a drug addiction, who can’t remember ‘if I was just fucked up or abused’. The lyrics read like a harrowing documentation into life in Moss Park, especially with front man James Priestner’s surly delivery. His typical hip-hop influenced phrasing and half-spoken vocals are backed by an upbeat, unaffected jaunt which possibly mimics the attitudes of residents that have become desensitized to the emergency over the years. The bleakness of the crisis is emphasised with the video’s black and white hue and candid shots of the park’s inhabitants.

BALMORAL HOTEL

“Is a song about a drug addicted woman who can’t kick her habit, knowing that every use could bring the end. She ends up living at Vancouver’s infamous Balmoral Hotel, pulling tricks and taking hits.”

Indie Crush contributor Callum Oliver said:

The track is complemented by the hazy soft-focus of its video, mirroring the lyrical references to drinking and drugging until you’re “numb in the face”. This is heightened by the video’s drab monochrome giving way to an eerie swaying blue that slips in and out of slow motion during the intoxication sequences. Although it all ends, with dispiriting inevitability, with footage of the band playing in a bar, this traditionalism is at least cushioned by the narrative caveat of the performance being filtered through the unreliable perspective of the video’s protagonist.

PAY ME BACK

“Is the story of a professional athlete turned conman who lost all his money from lavish spending. He ended up conning his own adoptive mother out of her house, after she raised and nurtured him from a young age. Not gonna tell you who though, see if you can figure it out!”

As far as Rare Americans’ songs and videos go, ‘Pay Me Back’ takes the biscuit for the most on-the-nose approach. The chorus chant of “you fucking idiot, you fucking gambler…pay me back/pay me back,” is mimed by a cast of misfit characters around a blackjack table, waggling their fingers in the face of the antagonist. After the hard hitting narrative of ‘Balmoral Hotel’, this is the boys at their most outrageous and entertaining.

I VS I

“This is a song about living between your own ears, feeling lost, and finding the courage and self-belief to stand up for yourself.”

Arguably, the video for ‘I vs I’ is the most generic. At the centre of the narrative is the typical down-and-out teenage and the familiar skate park setting, both of which make the basis for countless pop punk videos. But, ride it out till the end and you’ll be surprised by a dramatic cliff hanger, which left us wondering if there’s a final chapter to this video series. Even when the band touch on stereotypes and well-worn ideas, they never fail to put a twist on the traditional.

Rare Americans’ self-titled album is due out August 10.

Follow Rare Americans:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-919911504       

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzCTW3k3_ItdqxdVaeXn2IA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RareAmericansFP

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/rareamericans/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rareamericans/          

Website:  www.rareamericans.com   

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Heronimus Fin prescribe their seventies-influenced rock with ‘The Pharmacist’

Rock

Seventies-influenced alt rockers, Heronimus Fin, have released a brand new video for ‘The Pharmacist’. The track is taken from the forthcoming concept album of the same name, which follows the tragic life of an individual addicted to prescription drugs.

Having released a handful of albums, the five-piece have honed their sound to a tee on this fifth effort. Still with regular flashes of their typically English eccentricities and patchouli-psych, their sound is now fleshed out with monolithic Sabbath-esque riffs: part psych; part prog; part cosmic rock.

The band have regularly featured highly in Record Collector Magazine’s list of the 500 Most Collectible Artists (outstripping everyone from Roger Waters to The White Stripes), it will come as no surprise that Heronimus Fin have once again pulled out all the stops with the physical release of their album. Rock on the Radar recently interviewed the band about the upcoming physical releases and neat gimmicks in store.

Watch the video for ‘The Pharmacist’ here:

 

Follow Heronimus Fin:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/heronimus-fin

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/17i4o4xxfwL5wXnXBEJmKw

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjX1cFmLWgb-E6DRM0o3X3w

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeronimusFin/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeronimusFin

Website: http://www.gardenrecords.co.uk/heronimus-fin

 

The Statue Thieves – “12-Page Letter”, Live

Blues, live, Psychedelic, Rock

The Statue Thieves album, Laniakea is now out, but for further evidence of the slinky blues-psych prowess, check out the live in the studio footage below. 12-Page Letter appears on the album, a serpentine crawl through the murky undergrowth.

https://www.thestatuethieves.com/laniakea

 

Saint Mars shine a light on children isolated through bullying with ‘Ocean Blues’ video

Rock

Saint Mars have unveiled a brand new video for Ocean Blues [Acoustic Version].

The visual sees guest vocalist Tryzdin Grubbs performing alone on a stage in front of pastel-striped boards that read ‘Love’. The makeshift backdrop, along with the polished wooden stage, mimics the setting of a talent show that has long since finished.

Tryzdin’s seismic vocal performance narrates the plot of a young boy isolated in his home and school life, haunted by shadows. Eventually, the grey-hued surroundings are swapped for lush forest greenery when the boy appears as an adult to meet the person who promising to bring peace to his demons.

Saint Mars are gearing up for the release of ‘Celesteville’, due out later this year. The concept of the album is centered on the true story of one 13 year-old boy’s tragic experience as a result of sustained bullying. The band enlisted the vocals of viral sensation Tryzdin to give authenticity to the tracks sung by the protagonist, little realising that Tryzdin himself has suffered significantly as a result of bullying.

Follow Saint Mars:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/saint_mars

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJDziNXZFtNpmd_BIZ1z_EA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAINT.MARS.OFFICIAL/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarcDarcange?edit=true

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saint.mars/

Website: https://www.saintmars.net

The Statue Thieves Release Symbolism-Loaded Video to “Jacob’s Well”

Blues, Rock

Fortunately, as well as nods to life, death and all points in-between, blues/psych rock band, The Statue Thieves, have managed to make a mini-masterpiece which requires no thinking caps whatsoever to enjoy, should taking the easy route feel more enticing. Apparently the video was a one-shot piece which plays in reverse. That’s quite enough to get your head around for starters. Check it out below.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thestatuethieves

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5wHg2AqewiKhluNdAFamMV

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestatuethieves/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/statuethieves

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestatuethieves/

Website: http://www.thestatuethieves.com/

 

See The Statue Thieves Live:

19th June – The Victoria, London (album launch show)

21st June – The Railway Hotel, Southend

23rd June – Bar Loco, Newcastle

24th June – The Cannon, Milton Keynes

Wartoad – Safe Word

Alternative, punk, Rock

Here’s Wartoad at their punkiest from their newly released debut album, What Rough Beasts. You may recognise the main elements of the video from the footage of the Christian rock ensemble which was doing the rounds a few months ago. At last it finds a positive use!

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wartoadpunkband

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp4v3OAPSnr1iZWdeJym5rQ/featured

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WartoadPunkBand/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WartoadPunkBand

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wartoadpunkband/

Website: http://uat.badracketdesign.com/wartoad/

Screamin’ Whisper Release Video For Brand New Track ‘Filth’

Alternative, Folk, Indie, Indie-Rock, live, Rock

Scotland based band Screamin’ Whisper Have been hard at work writing and recording their brand new album ‘Filth’.

And with the band steadily growing and gaining traction within their local live circuit, they are assured to be heading to a town near you.

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/screamin-whisper

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/6rQdWHpY1DFUwryo9Fiwzl

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/screaminwhisper

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/screaminwhisper/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScreaminWhisper

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keepscreamin/

Website: www.screaminwhisper.com

Survival Code Offer the Rock Guide to Kitchen Etiquette

Alternative, Indie-Rock, Rock

Perhaps the most engagingly fun video for some time, Survival Code have weathered a raft of line-up changes to emerge as a dynamic duo (sans capes). With the melodies and power of Royal Blood and Foo Fighters combined, The Survival Code are set to be THE band of 2018 (in kitchens and beyond!)

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/thesurvivalcode

Spotify: www.spotify.com/thesurvivalcode

Youtube: www.youtube.com/thesurvivalcode

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thesurvivalcode

Twitter: @thesurvivalcode

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thesurvivalcode

Website: www.thesurvivalcode.co.uk

Anarchy Reigns Drops New Music Video For ‘Hypocrisy’

Alternative, Metal, Rock, Rock and Roll, singer songwriter

This. Is. Hypocrisy. The Lyric/music video for this momentous tune, which is making the rounds in politically driven music. The idea of making people aware came from Hitch’s(lead singer) mind, and the passion he uses to drive his projects.

After being urged to learn to play an instrument by his wife, Hitch made every effort he could to practice and learn producing, recording and performing live.

This dark, twisted lyric video includes images to stun, which will make people remember the video and what its trying to get across.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/duncan-hitch-morris
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJTh2uHiEgnw0LoIdrzSWtQ/featured
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anarchyreignscy/
Website: http://www.anarchyreigns.net/

The Broken Islands Official Music Video For ‘No One Left To Kill’

Alternative, Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Indie-Rock, Pop, Rock

With music brought to you by the much loved and exciting ‘Broken Islands’, this fresh and artistic take on the ultimate anthem proves to be a fantastic instalment.

Be sure to check them out:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-475951978/sets/wars
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5gpCj0xQj8BwdG3uXPUJRr
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvEJQKLM-qaFjTvMXxUMkWg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebrokenislands/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/broken_islands
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_thebrokenislands_/
Website: http://www.thebrokenislands.com/