I first became aware of Public Access T.V. when they released their music video for "In Love And Alone"
and my faith in the New York City pop punk scene was instantly restored. Remember in 2000 when The Strokes released Is This It
? Do you remember the energy, magic, and authenticity that album brought to the mainstream when hits like "Someday" and "Last Nite" were blasted over the radio? But do you remember what happened after that? Interpol put out Turn On The Bright Lights
, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs became popular and The Strokes put out their sophomore album Room On Fire
and...that was about it (with the exception of maybe LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, The Antlers and Vampire Weekend.)
New York City took somewhat of a hiatus and became more or less quiet again (in a mainstream sense) for the first time since the end of CBGB's. However, throughout the years, dating back to the swing and bebop jazz days of Harlem renaissance there was a mainline that ran through all great New York City artists. The same blood that gave Miles Davis his blues, Lou Reed his eccentricity and the Ramones their energy flowed through all our veins. I can't help it that when I hear the sounds of my city, the blood within me begins to boil, creating an inexplicable bond between my city, my music and myself. The feeling of ennui I get when I listen to "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" is the same as the depravity I feel when listening to "I'm Waiting For The Man" and the listlessness I felt upon hearing Public Access T.V.'s last single "In Love And Alone."
Their new single, "On Location" was released today and it has only further solidified my conclusion that these guys are as close to a genuine revival of the NYC new wave scene since...I honestly don't remember. They aren't larger-than-Iife rockers, they are my peers. They're relatable and accessible, something a lot of artists these days aren't, oftentimes hiding behind a protective shield of anonymity or fame. According to lead singer John Eatherly, the song was written in a hotel room in Glasgow while on tour. He told us "It was written as kind of a slow song or a ballad, but the second we [the band] all played it together, it took on a whole new life." With regards to the lyrics, John said "I wanted to get across the feeling of trusting yourself even if everyone around you thinks they know what's best for you. You gotta say 'fuck it' and do what you want. At that time, a lot of people around us were telling us what to do and it was making us miserable, so we just said 'enough', and the song was written."
(And be sure to snag their debut record late Spring and catch at them Governor's Ball this summer.)