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Inbox Jukebox #029: The Ready Set, The King’s Parade + Mainland

…This is the Inbox Jukebox:

The Ready Set – “Life in Pink”

“She walks on the air I breathe, tonight…” We’re mesmerized by The Ready Set’s latest single “Life In Pink”. That romantic guitar, the tapping finger beats, the wistful oohs—it’s a love song that breaks your heart just a little. Jordan sings about living life in the passenger seat, while the wildchild you’re in love with drives…but they never let you hold the keys. It’s all so pretty in pink and yet it’s dark, because you know a love so reckless is heading for a crash. Oh well, until the end, let the music play.

The King’s Parade – “Woman”

When you listen to “Woman” you imagine The King’s Parade standing on a New York fire escape, belting out a tribute to the woman on the rooftop…but it’s not just one woman, it’s all of us. They’re telling us they see us: our pain, our strength, our beauty beyond skin… It’s soulful and it’s real and it’s visceral—like Hall & Oates, but for right now—and we can’t help but smile as we sway.

Mainland – “Hometown”

“Hometown” by Mainland feels like a working class anthem, taking us back to the days when you worked your way up, because internet famous wasn’t a thing but talent and the grind were. You can damn near feel the wind in your hair as you cruise around your hometown with the windows down and this song turned up loud. The people you grew up with are there, and you remember the neighbors pounding on the walls because you loved rock more than you respected them. And it’s a good feeling—that drive to succeed, underscored by a guitar lick that propels you forward.

“I grew up in a tiny beach town about an hour and forty five minutes south of San Francisco. It’s a doubled-sided stoner paradise – miles of Pacific Ocean with a dark underworld to it. They shot the movie The Lost Boys in Santa Cruz for a reason, the weirdos and transients roam the streets after dark. In writing this song I wanted to channel that feeling of escaping to a big city like New York or Los Angeles and breaking free from the surroundings that haunt your teenage life…Outside of that small town reality that may be bringing them down there is a place and another person out there that sees the world the way you do.” – Jordan Topf

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