When we tell you Brooklyn indie pop-rock quartet bridges and powerlines'
latest release Better
is an all-encompassing musical embodiment of their home city, we're not exaggerating. Each of the five tracks on the EP is named after a BK neighborhood, and we're pleased to premiere the music video for its opener "Bushwick".
Tonight bridges and powerlines are taking their tunes of Brooklyn across the river to headline a show at Mercury Lounge. We'll see y'all there!
Back in 2006, the members of bridges and powerlines met and realized a common passion for both harmony-laden three minute pop songs and the angular indie-rock of 90s college radio bands such as Guided by Voices and the Archers of Loaf. This indie union produced a critically acclaimed debut EP that attracted producer Chris Zane (known for his high profile work with acts such as Passion Pit, White Rabbits, and The Walkmen). The band spent most of 2007 writing and recording their debut album Ghost Types, which received nods of favor from multiple influential outlets such as Pitchfork and Yahoo Music. Singles from that record such as Uncalibrated and Carmen from their self-titled debut EP in 2006 have been downloaded over 100,000 times.
In 2011, bridges and powerlines released their follow-up album Eve, the culmination of their thoughts on life prior to the changes of 9/11 with producer Kieran Kelly. The band again ventured into the studio in late 2012 to record their new album Better, featuring guest appearances by members of Bon Iver, and again working with Kelly (best known for his work on Sufjan Stephens album Illinois), the album is set for release in May of this year on Daisy Pistol Records. Better chronicles a tumultuous year marking the end of major personal relationships for band members, and its tracks are named for the Brooklyn neighborhoods that formed the backdrop. Better is the sound of a band that has played together for over six years but at the same time returns to the nervous energy that defined their earlier releases. The following video clip Bushwick reinvents their musical capability, all the while presenting indie-rock fans from all over with the reintroduction of bridges and powerlines.
Bushwick presents viewers with a hopeful, modern, indie rock portrait of loss and eventual triumph. Scenes include visions of heartbreak and isolation as experienced by two young women. We watch as heartache begins to overtake them, but just as their despair seems overwhelming, the power of music gives them new hope. The two young women meet on a rooftop where they find common ground and inspiration from the same song on the mysterious mixtape, which happens to be Bushwick. The catchy single is teeming with motivational lyrics and the gritty, yet organic vocals keep listeners afloat.