Make way for Grown Up Avenger Stuff. This band has just released a new single and music video, “Pins”. This indie and alternative rock group has been moving at full speed ahead with their career. Already, they have headlined the 50th anniversary of Festival in the Park, NoDa Summer Music Festival, Launch Music Festival, Music Gorilla Festival, and many many more. They have also been placed on the internet radio Pandora. Clearly, they are paving their own way– quickly. Very quickly.
“Pins” was shot just over a year and a half ago in a movie theater right after midnight. Though their career has been blossoming quickly, the journey of creating and publishing this music video was long and hard: the band not only had to make their own edits after being unsatisfied with the director’s cut, they also had to deal with a production delay after the fire alarm was triggered due to their excessive fog use. Because the band wasn’t even supposed to be at that filming location, things got messy when the police arrived.
Never the less, here it is featured in this article. Take a listen and make your own judgement, but I personally loved it. Lead singer Deirdre Kroener has magnificent vocals. Not only are they raw and rich, Kroener knows how to get down and dirty with her vocals without blowing out her vocal cords. Anyone who enjoys the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age will want to take a gander.
What makes them so catchy? Its the band’s ability to mix the right amount of passion in with the right amount of vocal discretion. Even in the darkest moments of their songs there is a hidden unbreakable smile that you don’t need to listen closely to hear. It’s just there, omnipresent and unwavering.
As for the video itself, it’s pretty good. Not as good as the song itself, but good. You can definitely see that promised smoke, and the colors featured are harsh and bright. The overall quality of the video was not perfect, but it made for a nice nostalgia factor. I was reminded of a garage band as I watched, and it was fun and enjoyable.
Needless to say, Grown Up Avenger Stuff is the perfect introduction to the indie/alt-rock sound.