Monthly Archives: November 2013
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What’s the best way to breakthrough (again) in the music scene of Nashville?
To release a new EP of course! Back in August, one of the most upcoming bands in Music City, The Nearly Deads, did just that. Survival Guide has songs new and old, including a beautiful “Reanimated” recording of their biggest song thus far, “Never Look Back”.
Previous fans will be familiar with some of the songs on Survival Guide such as the driving anthem and aforementioned most popular song, “Never Look Back” as well as the fighting “Reasons” and powerful “Fact or Friction”. But we are also graced with two songs that haven’t been recorded yet. “Brave” could possibly take the ‘anthem’ position away from “Never Look Back” with it’s huge sound and inspiring lyrics, it invokes the lion-hearted warrior in everyone. “Changeover” is fun and strong, a dancing song with great rhythm. All in all, this EP primes The Nearly Deads for the full length they have planned, their first ever.
For the occasion I asked twitter fans what they wanted to know, and delved a little for myself into what we’ll be expecting.
1. What kind of sound can we be expecting from this new album?
“It will be a little more on the pop-punk side. We’re getting away from the darker more heavy sounds and just having fun. There will still be tons of grit and a lot of grunge influences, but the whole vibe is a lot more punk. We’re really excited about it.”
2. So, for the fans, it is a full length album this time, right?
“Yes. We were originally opposed to a second EP, but it was something our label convinced us we had to do. We feel like we disappointed a few fans by only releasing two new songs after such a long wait. That won’t happen again!”
3. The infamous question; “Why the name ‘The Nearly Deads'”?
“It’s a little surreal! Just seeing where we’ve come from and having so many fans follow us over the years feels amazing. There are people who were around when we had 500 likes that still support us and share our music. Honestly it feels like we’re not stopping anytime soon, that this music is bigger than just us, that there are people out there who care and who want to see us succeed. And the best part is that we’ve earned it all by staying true to ourselves. One day we will reach success and we will know its because we were genuine and honest and we have always respected the fact that our fans keep us going. We’d be nothing without our zombies!”
With influences from all ranges on the genre spectrum, The Nearly Deads have developed a sound too mature to fit in with the generic pop-punk bands of the 21st century, a sound they’ve deigned “polished grunge”. And now that they’ve maneuvered their first national tour and a deal with Standby Records, they’re ready to take over the world. Watch out, the zombies are coming!
In the music industry as it stands today, there are two ways to make a popular music video: you entertain, or you send a message. Matt Nathanson and Goldthwait, the director of this video, blend the two purposes in a video that is cute, refreshing, and might still be a little ahead of its time.
The song itself if catchy and fun, but the video is what captures the attention. It shows a sequence of events- walking in a park, eating breakfast- between Matt and a girl, the seriousness of the relationship hinted at by the small wrapped box sitting on an end table. It’s all really normal, albeit amusing, until the last half of the video. We see the girl is a dancer at a club, and Nathanson is sitting supportively in the audience. The peak of the video is when the props are pulled away, most would be surprised to see that she’s transgendered.
Perhaps the most moving, powerful part is that the entire club, including the other males and Nathanson himself, seems happy. No one treats it like it’s out of the ordinary, and they are all clapping proudly.
It’s a small message of equality, but it’s great nonetheless.
And seriously, watch it more than once and it will get stuck in your head.