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AMERICAN SONGWRITER PREMIERES AUSTIN LUCAS’ NEW PROTEST SINGLE “ALREADY DEAD”

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Click here to check out Austin Lucas’ single “Already Dead” via American Songwriter Magazine

Austin Lucas Debuts An Anti-Fascist Folk-Punk Anthem, “Already Dead”
By Matt Wallock

Austin Lucas’ new single, “Already Dead”—premiering below—is an anti-facist folk-punk anthem. It’s also the first look at his forthcoming album, Alive in the Hot Zone!, out later this fall.

“‘Already Dead’ [is about] American Fascism and my experiences in Germany during the pandemic,” explains Lucas, who’s been living in the latter country since March. “I like to think of this song as a radical, therapeutic dance party anthem for everyone who is finding themselves arguing succinctly and logically, under impossible circumstances, with the willfully ignorant. A playful but unlikely mixture of John Mellencamp and Against Me!.”

“‘Already Dead’ weaves an entirely frightening but all too common narrative about the private and sometimes public arguments that many of us are having in this day and age,” Lucas continues. “It’s an unfortunate number of times that I’ve personally had to sit down and try to compassionately explain how hurtful it is when an old friend or a family member has befriended fascists, lifted these new people up in their lives and began adopting their toxic ideologies. The first verse picks up towards the end of the last friendly interaction two old friends will have before they inevitably part ways. As the song moves, it’s through a period of frustration where one friend is realizing that the other is truly lost, after long hours of attempting to shed light on how fractured their ideologies are. They find themselves tearfully realizing that no amount of discussion will effectively draw their loved one away from the hate that they have not only embraced but clearly do not fully understand.”
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GLIDE MAGAZINE PREMIERES RUDY DE ANDA’S NEW MUSIC VIDEO “ESPUME”

Click here to check out Rudy’s “Espume” music video via Glide Magazine

VIDEO PREMIERE: RUDY DE ANDA TAKES MULTICULTURAL APPROACH TO ROCK AND ROLL WITH EXUBERANT TUNE “ESPUME”
by Glide

Conceived in the 1980s in Mexico and brought to California through the border inside of his 6-month-pregnant mother, Rudy de Anda is releasing his debut solo record, Tender Epoch (September 18 via Karma Chief Records), a love letter to the long historical lineage of rock ’n’ roll music as interpreted through his multicultural lens. “I write my own story, I don’t want to be defined by any scene” De Anda proclaims of his personal journey, and his ability to adapt and flit between cities and cultures is part of why L.A. Record has called his sound “deliberately difficult to classify, familiar but novel at the same time.”

Today Glide is excited to premiere the video for “Espume,” one of the standout tracks on the new album. Blending psychedelic Mexican rock with the Latin grooves of Chicano Batman and jangly pop guitar, De Anda sings passionately about taking on life’s uncertainties. The video brings to mind French and Italian cinema of the 60s, with its protagonist whimsically wandering sunny California streets and taking part in activities that aren’t exactly legal. There is a sense of romance in the way De Anda sings, and his vocal exuberance is matched by spunky, soaring musicianship.
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