By Jaci Jedrych
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A revival of the raw pop-punk of the 90’s, Hyattsvillain’s latest release “Yolo is a Lie” is authentic and upbeat.
Hyattsvillain made their debut just weeks ago with the release of the lead single off of their forthcoming album, Short Songs for a Fast Life. In tandem with this single, they released a manifesto of their mission in the alternative rock industry.
“I believe in both gritty punk rock and personal hygiene.
I believe that it’s ok to be pissed-off at the current state of things — our ignorance, lack of empathy and general idiocracy are maddening. I create music that reflects those feelings with one of the best drummers in the world.
I believe that people still want, need, and love those fast aggressive songs with distorted guitars. Artists have lost touch with how to do it right — and I’m here to fix that.
I believe in the dynamics of live instruments and the technology that helps enhance them.
I believe that a chorus can be catchy without being cliche, corny or elementary.
I believe in two-minute songs and the effect of getting punched in the jaw.
I believe that when we are not pissed-off, we should try our best to enjoy our time here. I do so by making fun, infectious, party songs with one of the best engineers on the planet.
I believe that you will sing along with me — either in your car with a fist in the air or at the disco dancing with sweat seeping from your pores.”
Their newest song, released today, December 9, was engineered by Grammy winner Andros Rodriguez (Joywave, Madonna, Santigold) and mastered by Alan Douches (Xiu Xiu, Motörhead, Thrice, Mastodon). It features drums by Jon Jester (Avril Lavigne, All Time Low). They describe the song as “a reflection on Yolo culture- You don’t only live once, Yolo’s a lie, you live each and every day, once is how you die.”
Fans of Avril Lavigne or The Veronicas should check out Hyattsvillain.
Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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