Narrative: A day in the life of a group of friends as they hang out and go to a show.
Performance: Surrounded by fans in the basement of VFW hall. As it should be.
Song: Yes. A churning, stomping four minute seventeen second injection of YES.
Why You Should Watch It: Steel Train’s a band you need to know. They write the kind of music that should be the gold standard in rock: jangly, full-steam-ahead guitars and wild, wailing melodies that come barreling out of frontman Jack Antonoff’s throat. Being from Jersey, a pinch of young Springsteen is inescapable, and they’ve embraced it.
Here, they further flaunt their Jersey roots by producing a “day in the life” piece that wraps itself in nostalgia for the simple days of goofing off and hanging out. It’s simple but eye catching and some of the photography is striking. The performance here is the capstone. Dark, intense reds, oranges and yellows illuminate the basement where the band is playing. Beers and cheers and rock fists are raised high, chests are pounded and sweat drips off the faces of all involved. It feels like the best show you’ve ever been to.
Highlight of the whole thing? When Jack shouts “And I wouldn’t mind if/Together we died alone,” the whole crowd shouts it with him, and it feels like watching the statement of a generation being born.
BONUS: Scarlett Johansson covered this song! Chill and moody.
By: Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC