New York is an influential state and city, with millions of tourists flocking there year after year so that they can experience the Big Apple. This is because New York is known for and famous for a variety of things such as its iconic Statue of Liberty, exciting Broadway performances, and exclusive shops. The state and city have captivated people all over the globe, and it’s showing no signs of lessening its grip and influence on the rest of the world.
What about New York and the music scene, however? New York and music go hand-in-hand, with some of the biggest bands and musical performances coming from this high-rise city. In 2021, New York is still influencing the music scene.
Hey what’s up? Does it feel like summer yet where you live? Here in NYC, not so much, but I can tell it’s on the way! After taking a couple of weeks off from this column, I was all ready-and-set to post a completely different band for this week’s Video Clip, but then I read about their stupid personal politics and was compelled to make an abrupt about face on that decision. And that’s too bad, because the song was excellent, but the lead singer sounded like a dick, and I just can’t even with that. Anyway, no loss to you, because look what I found instead? It’s this crazy great video for the tune “Permanent High School” from the Julian Casablancas-fronted band The Voidz!
Soundtracked by Casablancas‘ rather intoxicatingly druggy vocals, watching the video for “Permanent High School” feels like being dropped into a dream-in-progess. As the band and its entourage load into a waiting van and head to the gig, two attractive female fans steal clothes from random dryers in a laundromat that is thoroughly bathed in glowing pink light. The now-well-dressed, obviously quite avid fans manage to outsmart club security and hustle their way into the show, squirming all the way to the front of stage, where the band is already in the midst of their set. And then . . . one of the ladies gets a little over zealous, shall we say. From there, it’s like the best night of your life, hanging with your best friend at a show by your favorite band! If these ladies look familiar to you, it’s because they are played models by Suki Waterhouse and Theodora Richards (daughter of Keith Richards). Pretty cool!
Aurally, “Permanent High School” (which has nothing to do with High School) is a sublime mix of psychedelia and garage rock, with probably the best lyrics that Casablancas has written in his entire career. “Permanent High School” can be found on The Voidz2018 release, Virtue. Tristate area residents can catch The Voidz (andThe Strokes) performing on May 31st and June 2nd, 2019 at New York’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Enjoy!
If there’s one thing we find irresistible here at The Gig (and, trust us, there are many) it’s energetic retro-pop with an almost imperceptible dark edge. In today’s featured Video Clip, we find all that, and more, delivered direct to you from LA’s The Gitas, a powerful rock trio formed in late 2014 who are already kicking ass and taking names on the live circuit.
Visually, this enhanced performance video captures a propulsive live set while also embellishing the playful, artistic mood with superimposed, hand-drawn animation — which lends that touch of malevolence that we find so captivating. According to a press blurb, “Mood For Love” is more upbeat and poppy, contrasting with the other songs from the album, which shine light on issues in society today, personal or political. Lead singer Sasha Cheremov explains, ‘Mood For Love’ may sound like a happy song, but in reality it is just about a relationship that has no spiritual core — just sort of a game, a bluff… a cheater’s paradise.” Excellent.
“Mood For Love” is the first single off of The Gita’s debut album, Garland, which was released in January of 2015Recommended if you dig The Strokes, White Stripes, or T Rex, The Gitas also features badass drummer Brittany Maccarello and bassist Sal Ramazzini. Enjoy!