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RV Captures Old Nostalgia in “So Easy” Video (premiere)

RV is the perfect package. They’ve got a hot sound that you know but doesn’t overtly bite from the bands of the now. And along with a genuinely entertaining live show, they look tyght as hell doing it. When you see the four of them up on stage banging out jangly rock tunes, you can’t help but want to be a part of their vibe — and I’m not sayin’ this because we all consistently complement each other on how we dress. To put it bluntly, their one of Orlando’s best young bands with grander potential than just about anyone.

In their debut music videothe band perfectly captures what I believe is their aura, nostalgia for a day at the beach that happened before you were born. Does that make sense? See, when I listen to RV, I feel like I’m in the grainy pieced-together world that is this new video. The songs aren’t inherently sad, but something about the way Justin’s voice lulls over the sparkling guitars gives me a sense of longing, but one that doesn’t entirely feel my own. It’s like I’m in the early-’60s, a time when our country still had its blinded innocence — as can be seen by the very alive JFK in the video. Overall, “So Easy” is a great commercial for their forthcoming album Anywhere, out this spring.

Teen Divorce – “Anthem” (premiere)

A quick Google search will inform you that the noun “anthem” is defined as “a rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause.” While listening to Teen Divorce’s song of that name, I tried and tried again to reaffirm its title in my mind. Because although indie rock of Jacksonville’s Ben Saunders is singable, the song’s cool, solemn atmosphere doesn’t immediately strike me as “rousing” or “uplifting.”

Now I could be just reading into much into the title — songs are often named after whatever word is said the most, and Teen Divorce repeats “anthem” throughout the song’s chorus and bridge — but this is the path I’m choosing to follow. After a mellow verse, the song’s pre-chorus build towards an exploding chorus — very grandiose — but instead goes a more subtle route into a smooth, dreamy repetition of the song’s title.

What I do think is anthemic about “Anthem” is its theme. “I wish you could see yourself as somebody new. I wish I still cared.” These lines stuck out from my first listen. They’re not “rousing” as we like to think anthems are, but do stir up passed memories and feelings. The one I’ve uncovered most is apathy. The song’s overall tone of wishing the best for someone, but only because you no longer give a shit, is without a doubt chant worthy. And what Teen Divorce does so well in “Anthem” is deliver that importance in a way that mirrors the song’s message. 

See Ben perform a Teen Divorce solo set October 13 at Uncle Lou’s.

Gary Lazer Eyes - Galapagos premiere

Gary Lazer Eyes – “Galapagos” (premiere)

We open with a high, wide shot of the Pacific Ocean. The water is a crystal clear blue-green, sun reflecting off its mirror-like surface. A lone speed boat enters stage left. The camera pans with the boat, revealing the seemingly-barren Galapagos Islands. What ensues next is a covert spy mission including shark-infested waters, invisible enemy bases, knife fights, and eventually, the capture and brutal killing of our heroes–a tragic tale as old as time.

This is my pitch for the music video for “Galapagos”–given that the band is willing to approve my $10 million budget. The band–and victims in the plotline above–I speak of is Orlando foursome Gary Lazer Eyes. On “Galapagos,” the boys strip away the majority of the reggae and ska influences that peppered their December 2015 EP, Black and White. However, they haven’t lost the sun-soaked feelings those genres produce, as this new song is still summer baked, albeit in a new way.

Gentlemen, I know the money I’m asking for may seem extravagant, but allow me to explain to you how my vision perfectly equates your song. First, the beaming guitars by Austin Young and Sean Gray bounce and illuminate off each other like the aqua waves I previously described. They bring the epic blockbuster excitement that “Galapagos” is built off of. Austin’s voice slides beneath them with the mystique that encapsulates the spy thriller genre. His words echo a confused relationship–I’m thinking a love interest who is revealed to be a double-agent. And lastly, we shoot it in The Galapagos (duh).