Richard Marx's hit song "Hazard" was about a serial killer. Its music video, which I believed came in two parts (Google it), drove the lyrics home with a post-mullet Marx getting out of dodge in a small town. Why do I bring this up? First, someone has to. Second, because that song -- like so many -- focused on some depressing things and resonated with the masses. Let's face it -- for the most part, depressing songs or songs about dark subject matter are way easier to relate to sometimes. I'm not saying you're a serial killer if you loved "Hazard," but you get my point. Right? Break-up ballads kill it on the charts for this reason. People love to hear words that echo their own sentiments. Anyway, many times -- and I say this contradicting my intro purposely (hey, I got to namedrop Richard Marx!) ra-ra songs come out and instead of coming off as pretentious and generic, motivate you to raise your game a bit.
"Live it up...You're growing up."
That's a quote pulled from "Where the Kids Are," an throw-caution-to-the-wind hit alt-song by Los Angeles-duo Blondfire. The band, which consists of siblings Bruce and Erica Driscoll (and in this post "touring brother" Steve Stout), recently signed with Warner Bros. Records, dropped an EP ("Kids" is on it), and will release their first full-length album as Blondfire by early 2013. Late last month, I interviewed Erica Driscoll and Stout at an H&M in Midtown Manhattan before a gig they had, and found them to be, like the store, very cool and charming. (Bruce Driscoll, by the way, was in the studio in L.A. putting the finishing touches on the album.)
The interview and an exclusive acoustic performance of "Kids" can be seen below. Watch. Listen. Love.
"Where the Kids Are" Acoustic
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Jon Chattman's music series features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing.