Today, Milwaukee rock band The Living Statues released their new single “Valicity,” the third brand new individual song from the group this year alone. And in under three minutes they showcase once again to their listeners that pure gritty rock n’ roll, when done right, doesn’t need bells and whistles to succeed. Pounding drums, a hypnotizing guitar solo, poetic lyrics, and edge of a razor blade vocals help to make “Valicity” the most effortless song The Living Statues have produced in their career.
It starts like a gun going off, lead singer Tommy Shears wailing about a “car crash girl” who “cuts like a knife.” The main subject of the track is depicted as a lover who never seems all together interested and invested in her man, except when he changes his hairstyle( “I cut my hair/and now you want me back.”) She is also clearly someone who has left some scuff marks on her lover’s heart: “I spend my nights forgetting you,” Shears croons smoothly, with an air of moroseness. The track sails along at toe tapping pace brisk pace and sees The Living Statues marrying simplicity with photographic imagery like never before. When it ends, you’ll be craving more. And we could all use a little more rock n’ roll in our lives, right?
-Photo Credit: Chris Lotten-