alt-pop band THE DRIVER ERA releases their highly anticipated single “Heaven Angel,” their first track ahead of their upcoming sophomore record, expected to release later this year. Written and produced by brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch, the track marks the next chapter for the duo after spending most of the pandemic in their garage studio crafting their new album.
With a thrumming melody & layered rhythm paired with velvety-smooth vocals, “Heaven Angel” is a punchy & dynamic track highlight’s the band’s signature ability to blend unforgettable melodies with intricate lyrics that makes this single in particular the perfect insight into The Driver Era’s new era. With their crooning voices, Ross & Rocky sing “Hard to find, you’re one of a kind, girl/Why can’t you fly my Heaven Angel/I get so shy being right by your side/it’s no surprise you caught my eye,” singing about the feeling you get when they meet someone who captivates you entirely.
The music video that accompanies “Heaven Angel” features the brothers driving in a vintage convertible until they arrive at a smoky underground club with everyone dressed to the nines and partying the night away. When Ross notices an angelic ballerina (Los Angeles Ballet’s Leah McCall,)the club & the entire club begins to fade away. With Rocky in the driver’s seat, the pair then embark on a cinematic drive around Los Angeles. The track & video both demonstrate the growth and maturity the band has experienced since their 2019 full-length debut album, X.
Watch the video now below.
“Heaven Angel” follows the extensive work The Driver Era created & released throughout 2020 after their world tour was postponed due to the pandemic. In 2020 alone, the band released “Fade,” “Places,” “Take Me Away,” and the double release “OMG Plz Don’t Come Around” and “flashdrive“. Now the band prepares for the release of their sophomore record and the start of their 2021 world tour beginning this fall. For a list of all 2021 tour dates and ticket links, please visit thedriverera.com/tours.
Since their debut in 2018 with their hit single “Preacher Man,” the brothers have self written and produced every track they’ve released, including tracks from their 2019 album X – the anthemic “Feel You Now”, the live-show crowd favorite “Scared of Heights” and their alt-radio hit “Low”. In late 2019, the guys unveiled a double release, “A Kiss” and “Forever Always,” despite being apart while Ross was in Vancouver filming Parts 3 & 4 of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The turbo-charged “A Kiss” grasped the attention of BBC Radio 1, with spins by DJ’s Annie Mack, Mollie & Matt, and Jack Saunders. “A Kiss” currently sits at over 15 million streams.
The Driver Era will be returning to the UK for a headline tour this January.
You can see the band at the following dates:
21st January – Queen Margaret Union – Glasgow 22nd January – o2 Ritz – Manchester 23rd January – Shepherds Bush Empire – London
Happy October everyone!! Welcome back to the new music video roundup. We’re here for a roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First up this week is Hyro The Hero (Formally known as Hyro Da Hero) the Rock and Hip Hop artist.
The track, ‘We Believe Feat. David Draiman (of Disturbed)’ is the start of a brand new record cycle will feature on his upcoming yet to be announced effort which is a follow up to his 2018 record, ‘Flagged Channel’.
Check out the video for ‘We Believe’ below.
Time for a cover.
A couple of months ago, Nekrogoblikon released a version of System Of A Down‘s hit ‘Chop Suey!’, and now they have a video to go with it.
This is what the band had to say about it.
“Today marks the 84-day anniversary of the release of our cover of System Of A Down’s ‘Chop Suey!’ so to celebrate here’s a very serious and politically charged video of Nicky and John making chop suey in a kitchen.”
Next up are the Dallas, Texas death metal newcomers Frozen Soul have released their debut single, ‘Crypt Of Ice’, and it comes with an accompanying video too.
Here’s what the band had to say about it.
“This year has been a nightmare fuelled fire and we’re ready to bring in the cold front and finally show everyone the the record we’ve created! ‘Crypt Of Ice’ is everything we could have hoped for and we are really proud of how it’s turned out, we can’t wait for everyone to freeze while listening to it!”
Lande Hekt is set to release her debut album ‘Going to Hell’ via Queer-run independent label Get Better Records on 22 January 2021. This record represents a time when Hekt was coming out as gay.
“I’m no stranger to queer punk and queer politics,” she says. “I’ve always taken a special interest for obvious reasons, but this record is important to me because it’s the first time I’m releasing anything as an outwardly gay person.”
‘Going to Hell’ was recorded by Hekt’s friend Ben David (from the band The Hard Aches) in the Adelaide Hills in Australia, whilst she was over there for a solo tour with him in February, luckily fitting in the recording and flying home before lockdown kicked in. The intense experience saw Hekt laying down all instruments on the album, with the exception of percussion.
‘Whiskey’, the first single from ‘Going to Hell’ is out now and is representative of the album’s mood. “This song is essentially about how there were so many things that didn’t feel right in my life,” says Hekt. “It’s about learning how to come to terms with being gay or, more accurately, realising that pretending you’re not gay can’t go on forever.”
Coming out is a prevalent topic throughout the record with the title track itself being “about how homophobia and heteronormative culture can make you feel isolated and scared of being yourself,” as Hekt herself explains her thoughts and feelings surrounding her sexuality, continuing: “I internalised a lot of that culture for a long time and it wasn’t until I found myself surrounded by queer and trans people and friends, that I realised I could live happily in a way that felt right. I know I’m not alone in feeling like this and it was other people sharing their experiences with me that helped me out, so I named the album after this song to try and reach people who might want to be reached. It’s also not a dig on all Catholics; it’s just an expression of scepticism from a gay person regarding conservatism.”
‘Going to Hell’ sounds like the sum of Hekt’s wide-ranging influences – The Replacements, The Raincoats, Sharon Van Etten, The Slits, Patti Smith, Sacred Paws, Le Tigre, Against Me! – multiplied by her own distinct voice.
Check out ‘Whiskey’ below.
Moving to Jamie Lenman for our next pick whom released this video for ‘Like Me Better off his new mini-album ‘King Of Clubs’ just before its release last Friday.
Speaking on the track, Lenman had this to say.
“‘Like Me Better’ was one of the tracks I added to the album when I decided I wanted to make something with a bit more depth than an EP. I had to go against my instincts and trust the strength of the song in order to not fuss it up or make it more complex than it needed to be – just three chords and a slow beat. I ended up whacking a big riff at the end of it cos I love big riffs but otherwise it’s a very simple tune, and probably better for it.
Lyrically it’s about things that repulse you at first but later you come to appreciate. This could apply to food or music or anything that provokes a strong reaction but in this instance it’s definitely about people and physical attraction. When people talk about having a secret crush, it’s usually about someone who looks a bit odd but nevertheless has a certain something about them. The whole record is about complex, contradictory and potentially uncomfortable feelings so it fits right in.”
Let’s change the style up a touch. The Driver Era have released their new single, ‘Fade’.
It’s the latest in a string of singles for the duo – brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch – following ‘Places’, ‘Take Me Away’, ‘OMG Plz Don’t Come Around’ and ‘flashdrive’.
“This song is actually a few years old, but it just took some time for people to believe in it enough to put it out,” Ross explains. “I’m really happy the song is finally coming out. The song is all about the inevitability of fading away… making the most of every moment.”
Moving to Black Honey now and we have ‘Run For Cover’.
The track – written with Mike Kerr from Royal Blood – arrives after months of lockdown, also following on from recent track ‘Beaches’.
Izzy B. Phillips explains: “’Run For Cover’ is about the nuances in sex. It’s fun but on a bit of a knife edge of risk and weird. Sex can be clumsy, emotional and complex. There’s so much baggage that it comes with.
“We wrote the song from a man’s perspective. It felt empowering to flip it to the female gaze. I think I’m exploring both power and my weakness in equal measure. We wanted it to sound manic – like Hives meets John Travolta, hips swinging. I love this song. I hope it makes women find themselves and dump their boyfriends.”
Of the video, she adds: “I wanted to explore the three different people inside me. A vulnerable character, a boss character, and a wild unhinged character. I think I can have all of these qualities and still be a woman. I wanted to explore something that pushes the binary expectation of femininity.”
How about an Aussie band now? Rock favourites Hands Like Houses took to Australias triple j’s acclaimed Like A Version segment this morning with a huge cover of Fuel’s ‘Shimmer’ alongside a performance of recent single ‘The Water’.
It comes soon after the announce of the band’s upcoming self-titled EP, due for release on Friday 23rd October through UNFD globally. The band are also offering a new cut from the EP with the single and video for ‘Dangerous’ out now. Following ‘Space’ and ‘The Water’,’Dangerous’ Continues in the bold and gritty vein of the Hands Like Houses EP.
On the track, HLH vocalist Trenton Woodley explains: “Something about this song has always been uncomfortable for me – when we started, ‘Dangerous’ was meant to be playful, confident, even arrogant – but as it came together, it felt like a reflection on frustration and losing control when all your confidence falls apart.”
Hands Likes Houses have spent over a decade defying expectations and challenging boundaries, staking their claim as one of Australia’s most acclaimed modern rock exports. With ARIA success, a triple j feature album, multiple sold out tours and legions of global fans under their belt, the band are poised to break even more ground as they step into this new decade.
On today’s ‘Dangerous’ music video, Woodley adds that it’s a reflection of the lyrical and musical volatility throughout the track.
“It’s a collage meant to evoke a sort of whiplash, cutting between cartoon bangs, pops and pows to destructive, explosive carnage that fundamentally changes the world we live in. We had the pleasure of working once again with Sam Shapiro to produce the clip, and once again he has come through with something equally as fun as it is powerful and we’re excited to put it out into the world,” he says.
Now for something a little recent but a new video to imagine alongside it, PVRIS have released a video for the title track from their new album ‘Use Me’.
It’s the title-track from the band’s latest album which was released just a few weeks ago and sees frontwoman Lynn Gunn “own[ing] her role as PVRIS’ leader and sole architect”.
“Special thanks to Griffin Stoddard, Evan Brown, Laura Burhenn, Captain Daddy Sir, Claire Montgomery, Peggy Wright, TT Britt, and everyone else who made this video happen!” she says.
And last we have the British Singer/Songwriter Yungblud whom has shared a video to accompany his recently released track, ‘God Save Me, But Don’t Drown Me Out’.
It’s taken from his eagerly-awaited second studio album, ‘Weird!’, which he announced recently and Yungblud prefaces the video explaining who the track is for.
“For anyone lying in their bedroom at 4AM wondering why they aren’t good enough…”
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!