The Simple Radicals release scathing anti-Trump video “Rich Man Wanna Be King”

With a tagline of “Get ready for the new Revolution..”; The Simple Radicals are a band that makes it clear they have a purpose behind all the riffs. Founded in Chicago, Illinois, by John Malkin (lead vocals / guitar) and John Griffin (lead guitar / vocals), the band captures the passion and energy of their collective musical experience, with different tastes, sounds, and styles. The music they create is pure, visceral rock ‘n’ roll – poignant, from the heart, topical and direct. Their latest video “Rich Man Wanna Be King” is a scathing critique of possibly our least favorite human ever – Donald J. Trump, and is sure to start a fight when you play it around your Aunt Karen at your next family dinner. Enjoy the world premiere of the video & an interview with the band below!

Tell us about the creative process for the video. The intention and subject matter is pretty obvious (and awesome), but give us some more info about how you managed to create this in the middle of a pandemic with all the disruption going on!

The songwriting and creative process for “Rich Man Wanna Be King” was very fluid and rapid. I wrote the entire song in about an hour, recorded the scratch and sent it to the rest of the band. They loved it and laid down their parts and I went into Factory Underground Studios in Norwalk, CT to lay down the final vocals and my guitar parts. Once it was finished, we were going to release it as a standalone song but suddenly I had this flourish of ideas of how this would look as a video. I mean there are so many things that Trump has done over the last four years that it was so easy to come up with unique ways of expressing the intent and meaning of the song in a humorous yet candid way . He really thinks he is king which was perfect for coming up with the crown, scepter and cape. And the incident in front of the church. And the water glass. Etc. Whether you like him or not he certainly has provided a lot of visual material to work with. I took the concept to Factory Underground studio and worked with John Shyloski who shot and edited the video and also came up with some great visuals. The band was in Chicago so I actually played each part in the “band of Trumps” and John did an amazing job of editing it all together in a seamless way. And we did this all safe distanced of course!

Do you guys think alternative / punk bands have a “civic duty” to write protest music? Regardless of what side you’re on, it’s clear that music is a great way to communicate a point. Did you feel compelled to use your platform to talk about something important to you, and do you feel like more bands SHOULD be doing that?

Protest and cause music has been around for decades and there are many artists today who are very vocal about political, environmental and social causes.  One of my favorite musicians, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, is a classic example of that. Our band The Simple Radicals are not shy to express what we believe in.  We try to convey and capture to our fans what’s really going on in society with poignant lyrics and straight-from-the-heart energy. In fact, the title track and video to our album “New Revolution” is about using the power of one’s voice to elicit peaceful change and action. No “bombs or bullets by our side” as the lyrics state.  The song was released last year and we had no idea that it would resonate so closely to what is going on in the streets today. And while “Rich Man Wanna Be King” is a somewhat humorous and candid statement about Trump, you can certainly insert other politicians in that video. From both sides of the aisle. There are many good politicians but there are also some that are self-dealing, opportunistic, and personally disgusting in many ways.  At the end of the day, I think it’s entirely up to the band if they want to use their platform to express their views. If they think it’s important then do it.

What future plans does your band have, musically and otherwise?

This was going to be a huge year for us. We got invited to play two showcases at SXSW, play fests with Jefferson Starship, Molly Hatchet, Puddle of Mudd, Blackfoot, play a great gig in Chicago, etc. And then the apocalypse hit. Hopefully it improves enough or there is a safe vaccine so we can play live again. Now that “Rich Man Wanna Be King” is out, we’re going to soon release a wicked cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit”. We collaborated with an incredible husband and wife team called Che-Val on that song. We also have another quarantine video to our song “The Optimist”. We have a podcast called “Music & A Brew” that will soon launch where we interview musicians over a cold beer. We already did one with world-class drummer Kenny Aronoff and Todd Sucherman who drums for Styx. We also interviewed Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Daxx Nielsen of Cheap Trick, and Howard Stern’s former sidekick and joke writer, Jackie “the Joke Man” Martling. And we’re working on new material. Lots going on. But we hope to play live again sooner than later.

Anything we should know about you guys that we haven’t covered? 

We consider ourselves a “retro-rock and roll” band that combines sounds and styles from some of our favorite classic rock bands like Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Cheap Trick. And we love seeing that more and more people are discovering us and enjoying our music. Thank you! People can access our music through our website (www.thesimpleradicals.com) as well as on Spotify, Apple and Amazon. And please follow us on Facebook (The Simple Radicals), Twitter (@SimpleRadicals), Instagram (simpleradicals), and YouTube (The Simple Radicals).

Divide The Fall release new single and music video for ‘Fake Love’

DIVIDE THE FALL released another hot single that will be coming off their next EP, set to release this fall. “Fake Love” lyrically speaks of going through a deceitful and toxic relationship.

 

‘Caught up in all the games you’re playing/I can’t bring myself to walk away
I should have known from the start you would leave me in the dark’

“Fake Love” blends the lyrics of a catchy pop song with a heavy breakdown that comes out of nowhere. Paired with a stunning and visually appealing video, there’s little doubt it’ll make your emotions flow.

If you are a fan of SLAVES and Picturesque, this song needs to be on repeat! Listen to the new single at the link below:

https://ffm.to/dtf-fakelove

ALIVE ALONE Announces New EP, ‘Therapy’

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Chicago, IL based Alternative Heavy Rock Band ALIVE ALONE has announced the release of their upcoming new album, Therapy. Due out June 30, 2020, Therapy was produced by Grammy winning record producer Dave Schiffman (WeezerSystem of a DownVampire Weekend).

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Therapy is an exploration of human emotion, journey through depression & mental health treatment. It tells a story that starts with loss, spite, & hopelessness, and leads toward hope and healing.” – ALIVE ALONE

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ALIVE ALONE is a 4 piece alternative heavy rock outfit from the southside of Chicago, Illinois. They have toured the United States & Canada for the last five years with acts such as I Set My Friends On Fire (Warner Music Group), Knockout Kid (Bullet Tooth Records), CHALLENGER (Standy Records), & Neurotic November (Victory Records). They have also been featured on publications such as Bus InvadersMusically Fresh, & New Noise Magazine.

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Anthony Vincent of 10 Second Songs releases Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” in 20 styles

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Anthony Vincent of Ten Second Songs has released his newest video, Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” in 20 Styles. His newest auditory kaleidascope rendors the metal classic in the style of such diverse bands as Owl City, John Denver and The Doors as well as exploring genres as varied as lo fi hip hop, Yodeling, and Synthwave.
” I want to start showcasing more metal and rock songs in non metal styles to show non metal listeners that metal and rock songs are just as good if not better than what they listen to. Or I just want to hear bad things sung in nice ways. Ok, a little bit of both. ” – Anthony Vincent

 

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