By Charlie Maybee
Boston based indie rock band, The Sunset Kings, are bringing the funk and fast rhymes in their latest single “One Man Army”. Continuing to push the limits of their genre-bending mastery, this is a song that is equal parts energetic and introspective with a seamless flow of virtuously executed lyrics.
The band writes that, “One Man Army is about that isolating tunnel vision you get when you are just so focused on accomplishing something” the band writes, “I don’t think it’s a new thing, but these days we are barraged by the pressure to perform at impossible speeds, create create create, and ‘One Man Army’ is about the jekyll-and-hyde of ambition. One moment, you’re on top of the world feeling like no one can match your output and you are the shit, and the next you could be spiraling wondering why you’re sitting alone in the trials of your life and not realizing that you maybe pushed people away with the intensity of HAVING to complete something (that in the end, maybe only meant something to you).”
And you can feel that manic, ambitious energy, which drives track with a sense of fun, but beneath the surface there is also a weariness that comes from constantly fighting the same battles repeatedly. The feeling of going everywhere and nowhere at the same time permeates the chorus as The Sunset Kings wrestle with being caught between under and overconfident. “Overall ‘One Man Army’ is a reminder to me that your friends, the people who love you, want to see the best version of you but they also know you can’t be that best version of yourself alone.”
“One Man Army” is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multiegenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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