Ebullient indie pop from New Jersey
Just a minute ago, Young Rising Sons released their new music video, entitled "Sad (Clap Your Hands)."
An alt-pop band from New Jersey, Young Rising Sons is composed of Andy Tongren (vocals, guitar), Julian Dimagiba (bass), and Steve Patrick (drums).
Dimagiba and Patrick grew up together in Red Bank, N.J. One night, after listening to Tongren perform acoustically in NYC, they spoke to him about taking over the duties of front man in their band. Producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta took note of the band because of Tongren's astonishing voice and the band's obvious sonic chemistry.
Once signed, Young Rising Sons recorded and released their debut single "High." The music video for "High" went viral overnight, attaining the number one spot on Hypem Twitter and scoring placement on YouTube's music page. Signing with Interscope Records in 2014, the band dropped their self-titled EP and toured across North America, sharing the stage with Halsey, Bleachers, Kongos, and Weezer.
"SAD" opens with writhing synths flowing into a potent indie pop tune with a contagious rhythm and flooding energy. Harmonics full of percolating, exuberant colors infuse the tune with effervescent, infectious energy.
Tongren's voice, cool and flamboyantly savory, exudes a smoldering boisterous energy and deliciously tight textures. Backing vocal harmonies imbue the tune with festive hues and assertive vitality.
The music video creates an indelible image of delight and exhilaration in the visual region of viewers' brains, displaying a series of shots revolving around smiley faces. The images of yellow heads split by grins in combination with the music causes you to bubble with joy.
"SAD (Clap Your Hands)" is anything but sad. Young Rising Sons infuse this song with sparkles of scrumptious tonal happiness.
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.
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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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