“Spooky Action at a Distance”, a psychedelia-washed song by Brighton, UK’s Flash Bang Band, brings, well, a lot of things to mind. Although running at a brisk five minutes, there’s a great deal going on in this rose-saturated video hodgepodge, whose absurdity evokes the famed British comedy show The Mighty Boosh. (For those unfamiliar with the program, you might well know it as the home of the mysterious Old Gregg.) Suffice it to say, no matter how you take “Spooky Action at a Distance”, it’s an odd egg—but a good one, at that, and a fun little way to take a trip without ingesting any questionable substances.
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Danger in the Club is out on 5 May via Rough Trade.
“Did You See” is a deceptive little number. It kicks off with a firm drumbeat that leads the ear to expect some high-tempo riff to come in and accompany it—but then, the rest of the band enters in quietly. By the end of the tune, the harmonized vocals of the Melbourne-based Running Young complete the mood established by the drums, elevating the tune to anthemic heights. Although identifiably indie rock—whatever that genre might mean nowadays, anyway—Running Young have a clear ability to do interesting things with familiar song structures.
The group’s latest release is the We Are the Sons EP. Frontman Joel Famularo brought Running Young together after miraculously surviving open-heart surgery at the age of 25. “I should have died before I even got to hospital”, he says, “because my aorta basically just popped like a balloon”. His joy in being alive and his passion for the music he writes is more than evident in “Did You See”. Give it a watch below.
Simpson’s new independent album, Free, is out on 23 June.
Last autumn, PopMatters premiered a video by Ruby the RabbitFoot, a project helmed by singer/songwriter Ruby Kendrick, entitled “Misery”. Now, in a stripped-down arrangement of that tune, Ruby the RabbitFoot take to the stage of Sofar Sounds, a gig collective that houses intimate shows around the world. For this performance, the band took to the stage at Sofar Dallas. With only a clean-toned electric guitar and two voices to fill the venue, Ruby the RabbitFoot give a tender performance that highlights the intimacy of the space.
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