By: Eric Reyes
April 08, 2020
Be it cruising the Pacific Coast Highway separating land from sea or cutting through the heart of Monument Valley on US Highway 163, The Strike’s latest song “Nothing New” suits any and every adventure.
A fusion of the experimental spirit of indie music, the sheer style of chill jazz, and an audio aesthetic with deep roots in the sound of the late 80’s and early 90’s, we were instant fans. This pastiche of influences works amazingly well and if it doesn’t have you moving to the vibrant groove, you need to get your ears checked. We can’t remember the last time we heard a saxophone, let alone one played with such allure and passion. It’s beyond refreshing to hear a band that you can hear enjoy their own art, every note and lyric the product of more than contractual obligation, an indulgent feedback loop of joy, of showmanship, of talent. Like a pair of headlights searching ahead of a well-loved ’96 two-door mustang with one too many passengers rolling down a lonely, moonlit road to anywhere, “Nothing New” will light up your night.
We love the sound and style of The Strike and are adding them to our radar of acts to see live once the quarantine is over. They helped make these tiring days of routine and uncertainty just a little livelier, reminding us that the world is still turning, and artists are still out there creating things for us to love and put on repeat. Let us know what you think of this tune on social media today: @gasmakmagazine.
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