Alt-rock embellished with disco dance vibes.
Meet The Criticals, premiering their latest single, "Treat Ya Better," on Popdust.
Based in Nashville, TN, The Criticals were formed last year by Parker Forbes and Cole Shugart. Since then, the band has dropped a series of captivating singles, including the vibrant "Kate Moss," released at the beginning of July. Along with headlining the FreezeFest and Spudbash festivals in Nashville, The Criticals have performed in L.A., San Diego, and Chattanooga.
The foundation of "Treat Ya Better" was written by Brandon Kelly, the band's engineer, who then passed it on to Forbes and Shugart, who polished the song into a contagious dance-flavored rock track. The track blends classic Rolling Stones style rock with tinctures of '70s disco. Forbes' rich vocals infuse the lyrics with tasty inflections. Radiant background harmonies carry the melody along smoothly. Then, a pulsating rhythm rides a pounding kick drum and bass line, topped by Shugart's spangled guitar riffs, creating dual layers of coloration, one deep and weighty, the other full of glimmering surface hues.
"Seven months he hasn't been home / I wrote him in a letter / Heaven called and left us this tone / He's got to treat ya better / But my baby sang / Oh, oh, oh, oh oh / He's got to treat ya better / I said where did our love go / She don't wanna know."
WATCH: Billie Eilish Declares Your Opinion Of Her "Not My Responsibility" In Powerful New Short Film
The young star bears all in "NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY."
Break out pop star and five time Grammy-award-winner Billie Eilish is sick of your body shaming.
The 18-year-old just dropped a powerful new short film in which she slowly removes her clothes as we hear her voice hypnotically decry the media's obsession with her body. She says, "Some people hate what I wear. Some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others. Some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching, always, and nothing I do goes unseen. So, whether I feel your stares, your disapproval, or your sigh of relief—if I lived by them, I'd never be able to move. Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach, my hips?" Meanwhile, she strips to a black bikini in slow motion, eventually sinking into a pool of black viscous liquid and declaring your opinion "not my responsibility."
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Progressive psych-rock with trippy energy.