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The Listeners – Photo Credit: Brandon Lajoie
Punk rock/rock ‘n’ roll band The Listeners formed in 2017 in Brooklyn. They are a five-piece with Jeremy Willis handling songwriting duties, lead vocals, and rhythm guitar. Drummer Hilary Case is also on vocals, and John Russell of Illuminator and Grace Kelley All Day provides bass and backing vocals. William Suran of Express Rising is lead guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist Eben Bull, formerly of Spiritualized, plays synths, saxophone, cello, one-handed triangle, guitar, and violin.
Since their inception, The Listeners have been packing houses all over New York City, including St. Vitus, Union Pool, and most recently Mercury Lounge, opening for Death Valley Girls. They have released several singles and their debut full length album, The Sweet Release of Death is All We Have to Look Forward To, will be out at some point this year. The LP was recorded in Brooklyn by Phil Palazzolo, and mixed and mastered by Listeners’ bassist John Russell
The Big Takeover is psyched to host the premiere of “Get Me Off Of Me”, from The Listeners’ upcoming record. The track punches through with a driving tempo of aggressively emphatic drum beat and jagged, descending guitar line. Frenetic percussion and enthusiastically proclaimed vocals up the kinetic factor even more, so buckle up tight for the speedy sonic ride!
The band members reveal that, ““Get Me Off Of Me” is a song about escape from the self. It is the sound of demons exorcised and frustrations obliterated. A sense of frustration is present but the psychedelic pounding drive and catchy melody take a run at freedom that is more hopeful than downtrodden. Everyone wants to escape their problems sometimes and this song is the sound of that angry/joyful release.”