Last fall, Karen O told Rolling Stone Magazine that there weren’t any immediate plans for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to record again, as she was “in the full-time job of [motherhood] at the moment.” To the chagrin of fans around the word, we’re left wondering when, if there will be another album.
Just as that news was dropped, an unexpected little savior emerged to calm our nerves and detract us from our disappointment. Glass Spells dropped a buzzing single “Extreme Fever” at that time. It was the quartet’s first single since 2014’s Desperate Love EP, and the track was a reminder that there is another great band making anthemic, gritty disco-punk. We would soon learn, however, that this song was just the tip of the iceberg of what is to come.
Since October, Glass Spells have been busy writing and recording new music, and they shared their latest single, “Rebellion”, almost one month to the day. As we wrote at the time of the single’s release, the southern California-based quartet produced a spellbinding number that reminded us that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs still exist, just in the form of an under-the-radar outfit on the Left Coast. Like the Brooklyn legends, “Rebellion” “packs a wallop” in a mere four-and-a-half minutes.
However, we may have understated the song’s brilliance. It is arguably Glass Spells’ ultimate single. It doesn’t quite have the edge of its predecessors, but the tidal wave of synths, frontwoman Suz Gonzalez’s spine-tingling vocals, and the driving rhythms combine to create an anthemic and euphoric track. It’s new wave and disco-punk merged into one deliriously delicious formula.
Today, we have the privilege to share with everyone the music video for “Rebellion”. The track has an 80s vibe with its low-fi approach and black-and-white footage, which highlights how music and fashion were used to represented the “rebellious ideals” of youth at the time. The best part of the video, though, might just be how vinyl is worshipped and the impact music can have.
Take a peek at the video below and you, too, will feel the power of music – Glass Spells’ “Rebellion” to be precise. If you prefer the audio format, that, too, is provided and it follows the video.
Glass Spells are Suz Gonzalez (vocals), Anthony Ramirez (bass/synths), Michael Rascon (synths), and Mallory Garcia (drums).
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