Meet The Silver Snails, an Italian band premiering the music video for "Dancing With The Stars" on Popdust.
Based in the medieval wine country of Romagna, Italy, The Silver Snails are pop-rock band whose musical mission is to expand human hearts. The band is made up of Lucas Ward (born in the U.S.) and Elisa Fantini, who are married, and their daughters Jasmine and Celeste.
Citing a vast array of influences, including The Beatles, Elliott Smith, Italy, The Rolling Stones, JRRTolkien, The Flaming Lips, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Beethoven, Bruce Lee, Bob Dylan, Band of Horses, The Shins, Bhagavad Gita, Field Music, Death Cab for Cutie, The Sea and Cake, Pink Floyd, Larry David, and Manu Chao, the band's sound revolves around classic rock and pop, with touches of electronica, jazz, classical music, folk, and anything else you can think of.
"Dancing With The Stars" opens with chimes and emerging synths flowing into a pop-rock tune driven by keyboards and a light guitar. Scintillating colors swirl and whirl on dreamy, cosmic wings as the potent bassline adds gravitational pull, infusing the song with a robust rhythm.
Ward's dulcet, warm tenor floats above the melody with just the right amount of projection. It's proximate, yet not overwhelming, complementing the harmonics rather than dominating. Shimmering vocal harmonies, gossamer with elegance, imbue the tune with ethereal radiance. The mood and feel of the music constitutes a musical confection full of charming allure.
The video, directed by Filippo Giovannini, is a trip. Opening with an astronomer gazing at the heavens through his telescope, the visuals shift to a glittering galactic theme replete with sparkling, shiny makeup and baroque costumes, like the court of Louis XIV transported to an interstellar location. And wait for it – the video closes with Ward playing the renowned five-note progression from Close Encounters of The Third Kind.
"Dancing With The Stars" is imaginative, flamboyant, and charmingly original in the best possible way.
Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.
The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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