By Charlie Maybee
If you have any residual nostalgia for early the early 2000’s wave of pop punk à la Vans Warped Tour, then you need to check out the new music video for NC-17’s song “Party’s Over”.
Taking place in a backyard skate park (check out the Lost Bowl in Richmond, VA @lostbowlers1) , the video hits a sweet spot between sentimentality and humor as the band engages in various hijinks. Without relying on a narrative thru-line, they show off a community of skaters and ne’er-do-wells who just want to have a good time. With cameo appearances by a various local skaters, a by standing little girl watching on in wonder, a quickly emptying box of Hudy Delight beers, and scantily clad mannequin (who knew a trucker hat and a speed-o could be such a legendary combo), there’s a level of nonsense that is quirky and endearing.
Musically, this is pop punk in its most pure, distilled form. A loving throwback filled with child-like wonder and a sense of playfulness that comes through with every note. Simultaneously lamenting and reflecting on a friend’s inability to come through as a helping hand as lead singer, Yani sings, “They had you thinkin’ you could be friends / they leave you pickin’ up the pieces / you found out who you can count out, who you can count on when the party’s over”. It’s the punchy, energetic rush of emotional catharsis you didn’t know you were missing.
“Party’s Over” is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and BandCamp. The accompanying music video is also available on YouTube and on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. 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 and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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