When you haven’t already immersed your self Holding Out For A Hero, the brand new single from Widespread Music, go take heed to it now. Initially written by Jim Steinman, the brand new reinterpretation is a darkish and pulsating slice of commercial synth-pop. It’s additionally the second single taken from their upcoming full-length album, Widespread Music Performs In Darkness.
So, contemporary off the monitor’s launch, we caught up with the group to speak all about it, their new document, life in lockdown, and heaps extra.
With an incredible new single sizzling off the press, we caught up with cinematic pop duo Widespread Music to speak about all about it.
HAPPY: Hey, how’s it going? What are you as much as in the meanwhile?
POPULAR MUSIC: We’ve been locked away at our residence for the previous few months — an odd, century-old barn/studio in Upstate New York. Doing our greatest to remain busy/not fully lose our minds.
HAPPY: We’re loving the brand new single! How does it really feel having on the market on the planet?
POPULAR MUSIC: Thanks. It’s been an unexpectedly lengthy journey, so greater than something, we’re relieved.
HAPPY: Initially recorded for the Footloose soundtrack, this tune is so recognisable. Was there a specific a part of this tune’s historical past that drew you to it?
POPULAR MUSIC: It’s a tune written by Jim Steinman, who’s in all probability greatest recognized for writing Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell document and Bonnie Tyler’s different hit, Complete Eclipse of the Coronary heart — and whose lone solo album is perhaps probably the most overwritten, Wagnerian pop document ever launched. Holding Out For a Hero is fairly restrained by comparability. He’s a genius.
HAPPY: All Bandcamp proceeds for the primary week of the only’s launch go to the Nationwide Bail Out — are you able to inform us a bit about this organisation?
POPULAR MUSIC: Nationwide Bail Out helps black moms and caregivers in America pay bail to allow them to get out of pre-trial detention. Many of those individuals shouldn’t even be detained to start with, and the close-quarters in U.S. jails are making a hotbed for the coronavirus. In addition they present supportive providers and fellowship alternatives for many who are bailed out.
HAPPY: Are these singles a style of one thing larger to return? An album maybe?
POPULAR MUSIC: These singles are anticipating our debut album, Widespread Music Performs in Darkness, which is able to hopefully be accessible this fall. It’s a twelve-track reimagining of songs from 20th Century cinema. It’s a tragic, dreamy, darkish mixture of synths and strings that we’ve been engaged on for the higher a part of a 12 months.
HAPPY: Concerning the visible aspect of issues, we hear you’ve put a name out?
POPLAR MUSIC: Sure, we’re at the moment asking individuals to assist us with a forthcoming music video, contemplating the restrictions of life within the U.S. proper now. We’re humbly asking for his or her misplaced moments in VHS and Tremendous-8. We’re taking submissions right here.
HAPPY: There are such a lot of totally different genres included in your music… do you’re feeling like your sound is all the time evolving? Or do you’re feeling such as you’ve settled on one thing concrete?
POPULAR MUSIC: We all the time got down to do one thing fairly particular, however the recording course of tends to disclose different issues we might not have predicted. We’re very into the concept of deciding on one thing concrete, however traditionally are each responsible of fairly schizophrenic approaches to style, so we’ll see the way it goes.
HAPPY: What artists have been in your isolation rotation?
POPULAR MUSIC: Quite a lot of unhappy, sort-of-dystopian instrumental music: Vangelis, Michael Nyman, Morricone, Krzysztof Komeda, Angelo Badalamenti, Goblin, and many others. We’ve a operating Spotify playlist which accommodates a lot our of isolation soundtrack, Variations on a Theme, which we’ve been updating fairly usually. Prudence has been listening to Emerald Internet and the Greenhouse album, Songs For Invisible Vegetation by LA artist Olive Ardizoni.
HAPPY: What’s subsequent for Widespread Music? Every other thrilling plans within the works?
POPULAR MUSIC: It’s an odd time to be planning, however we’re working away on our subsequent album — a set of originals this time. It’s a sluggish course of, but it surely’s preserving us busy.
HAPPY: Cheers for the chat!
Holding Out For A Hero is accessible now. Pay attention above.