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Inbox Jukebox #181: Mobley, HUNNY, St. Panther x Pierce.blue, Cinnamon Babe

…This is the Inbox Jukebox:

Mobley – “stay volk”

Photo: Jacob Weber

The chaotic sonics (part street festival, part protest) on “stay volk” are a hint of what to expect from Cry Havoc!—the upcoming album from Mobley. The more you listen, the more you get wrapped up in this sudden whirlwind of distressed synths, otherworldly vocals, and head-nodding rhythms that converge into the kind of musical storytelling you want to watch at the theater. No wonder they call it art-rock. “stay volk” has thump and meaning, basing its concept on a form of government called herrenvolk democracy, in which a single ethnic group governs while all others are left on the outside. There’s no doubt that this is America. “stay volk” is an anthem for right now when America will either fulfill its promise or destroy itself. Mobley is telling us to ‘wake up.’ You woke?

HUNNY – “Homesick”

Photo: Ryan Scott Graham

Cinematic and nostalgic, “Homesick” is a throwback to the radio rockers of the aughts. You already know it, even if you’ve never heard it before. It’s the song that suddenly starts up during Act II of your fave 2000s teen drama and instantly makes you feel. This is twinkling indie-pop-punk and it cannot be resisted. “Homesick” makes you wanna take over the school gym, decorate, and keep it rockin’ ’til your parents shut it down.

St. Panther x Pierce.blue – “Not The Way

“Got damn,” when St. Panther and Pierce.blue sing that lyric we’re right there with them. “Not The Way” is a heady, steady poppin’, indie-rock groove and getting enough isn’t a possibility. The vocals are a honeyed high—smooth with an attitude on a boomerang beat that keeps you bouncing. Maybe that’s “not the way it should be” but that’s the way it is. We’re riding this track into the weekend like: Got damn.

IJ SHOUTOUT: Cinnamon Babe – “Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Black”

SHOUTOUT to Cinnamon Babe for “Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Black” because we always knew facts could shred this hard.


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