Update: As a way of generating some interest in its forthcoming studio album, Hazy, Punch Drunk Tagalongs have just released a new music video for the track, "Bodies in Heaps."
Shot locally at St. John's Episcopal Church, the trippy video alternates between dimly lit shots of the band performing live and a home invasion that turns into a choreographed dance routine.
"The song is about how there is so much hate in today’s society," says singer Alisha Stahnke. "This song was written right around election time in 2016. That is what this video portrays is the hate that we see in our society coming in and literally taking a hold of people and consuming them. There is so much brainwash, ignorance, and misinformation that leads to violence, racism, homophobia and much more. It can be overwhelming and at times can just consume you, but there is a way out of it though. It may not be easy, but you can break free from hate. You can break away from old thoughts and behaviors. You can become a more tolerant person. You can push for change in a society that is broken."
We've embedded the video below, and the track will be available on Spotify and iTunes tomorrow.
Original Post: Local indie rockers Punch Drunk Tagalongs have just announced that they'll release their next single, "Nervous Breakdown," on digital platforms on Friday.
The second single from their upcoming album Hazy, which comes out nationally on April 6 from Sun Pedal Recordings, the song reflects the influence of act such as Radiohead, the Cure, Bjork, Wolf Alice, and Angel Olsen. With its psychedelic interludes, the track suggests the band's more experimental side as it begins with an accessible groove before erupting with distorted guitars and feedback near its conclusion.
The band recorded the album locally at Superior Sound with producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank, Fiona Apple, Jack's Mannequin).
"Working with Jim Wirt was like nothing else we have done before," says singer Alisha Stahnke in a press release announcing the album's release. "We would spend days here and there in the studio over a nine-month period. This allowed us to really put in some long hours while taking breaks to regroup and come back in fresh every time. One of the coolest parts about recording this record at Superior Sound is that we also almost exclusively were able to use northeast Ohio gear [Earth Quaker Devices and Dr. Z amps] on this album and to lock in a tone that could only be achieved in Cleveland, Ohio."
A Warner-distributed label, Sun Pedal Recordings plans to send the band on the road in support of Hazy.
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