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NYC-via-Chicago scrappy indie-punkers Stock Footage give us a taste of their upcoming EP Anywhere But Here by unleashing lead-off single “Little Hurricane.”
“Little Hurricane” finds songwriter Jake DeRango in a reflective mood as he sings “I wait for you, as the hours turn to days”, but that hint of innocence soon darkens as the lyrics suggest that the Little Hurricane “come home, so we can tear into each other”. This lyrical shift from sweet to destructive is a great encapsulation of the punchy and ragged sounds that Stock Footage create as they move from jangly guitar chords to crashing cymbals that push the track into a crunchy wall of sound.
Anywhere But Here is the follow-up to 2015’s Nerves And Lead, which caught The Deli’s attention for its “pounding nostalgic indie rock melodies”.
Stock Footage was formed in Chicago in 2014 by Jake DeRango (guitar, vocals). He asked long-time friend Tom Pilcher (drums) to help structure songs DeRango wrote. They had an instant musical chemistry, having played together previously in the Rockford, Illinois-based band Imaginary Heroes. They worked on crafting Stock Footage’s unique fuzzy, hook-based indie rock sound. With Brendan Smith (bass), Stock Footage began playing shows as a power trio at mainstay Chicago venues like Quenchers and The Burlington.
In 2015, Stock Footage released Nerves and Lead. The four song EP captures DeRango’s pop sensibilities as a songwriter and the band’s dynamic style. Each song has its own unique feel, while somehow never loosing the band’s voice.
DeRango moved to Brooklyn in 2016. Since then, he has been playing solo shows while auditioning members for a new live line-up. Stock Footage is putting the finishing touches on Anywhere but Here, a six-song EP that DeRango and Pilcher recorded together in Chicago.
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