A new album release from Street Clothes gives off a wonderful fusion of swagger rock with retro synth pop and takes it all into their own pop world that shones with a killer and colorful alternative edge.
The Decadence and Decay album is laced with lucious synth work, funky guitars, and bass and vocals that cream disco party.
These are super danceable tracks and all have a neon lit sheen to them that can't be beat.
These guys bring Yeah Yeah Yeah's and Imagine Dragons feels together and polishes it all with a fresh layer of vintage pop fun.
This is indeed an incredibly fun album, catchy and full of hooks and a rawness that sticks strong throughout the records course.
Not a rawness in sound but in lyrics. They hold nothing back and let it all out all while making you shake your ass to the sounds.
The record does have it's own unique feel to it that really makes you sad when it's ended.
You want to stay in their world and dance the night away for sure but all good things must come to and end. Lucky for us, we can replay it all again.
A genuine 80's aesthetic mixed with a current indie-pop presence really gives this project an addictive style all around.
With such a great release we wanted to sit down with the band and talk shop. here's what happened.
RAG: Let's start with Decadence And Decay album. This record was a cross over of a retro alt-pop vibe along with an indie-rock feel and even more. Where did this record come from?
Street Clothes: Hey! Yeah so we’re really inspired by CBGBs and late seventies punk and New Wave bands like Blondie, The Cars, David Bowie and Even The Pixies and New Order. We’ve been working within these influences since we started but on this record we feel like we’ve perfected it for our sound.
RAG: This felt like it was a big undertaking. Did the album come out the way you expected?
Street Clothes: It was and it took longer than our previous records (Mostly due to COVID) but that work paid off because we think it ended up sounding like the record we’ve always wanted to make. My writing (Andy) and John’s production has really hit a great understanding of what we do and what we wanna do on future records.
RAG: How did all of this star for you?
Street Clothes: I (Andy) have been writing and playing in bands my whole life but since moving to Savanah and starting Street Clothes I’ve had the freedom to develop the sound of this band in kind of a bubble in Savannah. I started out as more of a DIY punk guy and John went to school in California for music. We met here (In Savannah) and he joined the band about 4 years ago and we’ve evolved since then.
RAG: I'm hearing some killer styles on the record. What bands really influenced you?
Street Clothes: On the production side, we wanted it to sound new but also retro for sure. Hopefully we found that dynamic. One of my favorite records is Depeche Mode’s Violator and some of the other newer influences like Frank Ocean and Tame Impala. We took from a lot of very different places but the moodiness is always present.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
Street Clothes: I (Andy) enjoy cooking and writing. John likes playing soccer and occasionally remodels houses when he’s not producing synth pop records.
RAG: What's next for you as a band?
Street Clothes: We wanna make keep making bigger and better records. But for now it’s definitely to focus on promoting this new record because we really believe in it.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
Street Clothes: The Fawning on Graveface Records. It’s incredible and the synths are flawless. We really love the textures and production.
RAG: You guys have been dropping material on Spotify since 2016. What sort of advice would you give to aspiring artists trying to be heard out there?
Street Clothes: Just keep writing.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Street Clothes: If you like it, share it! It’s the easiest way to help independent musicians.