The Florida star takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the tried-and-true alternative rock genre, fully exemplified on the first single from debut album Flamingo County.
Despite its potentially eye-roll-inducing title, “All My Friends Are Selling Out,” the lyrics are in on the joke. Lowry dips his toes into classic 80’s rock sounds to mourn the days of youthful rebellion he once shared with his friends, moving on to face adulthood. As dramatic as that sounds, Lowry applies these sentiments to an upbeat, classic-rock-infused summer jam.
“All my friends are better off,” he whines, “They’ve been makin’ all the moves / Building lives and having kids / I’m still renting my room.” However, the track does not read as Lowry simply moaning and groaning about aging and the loss of much excitement in his life. Instead, he seems to poke fun at himself and the inevitable mid-life crisis one often has when the glory days fade away.
Though he declares his pals are “selling out,” it’s obvious that the singer is a bit jealous of their more mature endeavors. Having sustainable careers, growing families, and a more mellow lifestyle seemingly betrays one’s edge, as Lowry communicates. However, it seems Lowry is just afraid of being left behind, sung in his signature bummer-rock fashion.
Cameron Landry is a former journalism student at The George Washington University, and a current writer for Alchemical Records. He’s shared a passion for music journalism for several years, and focused much of his reporting as an undergraduate on how independent music venues have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Based in Washington, DC, Cameron can often be found at local concerts (and record stores!) in the district.
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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