crewneck is the brand new musical project of Texas-based musician and multi-instrumentalist Elliott Dean, and his debut single ‘Nostalgia Bomb’ is the perfect pick-me-up that the world needs right now. Recorded entirely in his bedroom studio (not that you’d know), ‘Nostalgia Bomb’ is an upbeat, groovy, synthy little number that sees Elliott examining society’s fixation with days gone by, and spreading a message of embracing and living in the present.
“Now everybody’s so obsessed with nostalgia, cause we just really wanna ditch all the drama,” he sings. “And on the surface, it looks like there’s a time for the books that we just aren’t a part of.” The track is truly catchy-as-hell, and after just a few listens, it’s stuck in your head in the best possible way. Drawing on inspiration from the likes of Dayglow, Boy Pablo, and Hippo Campus, crewneck has seriously impressed us at Indie Top 39 with ‘Nostalgia Bomb’, and we wait with bated breath to hear what he gets up to next!
2022 could just be the year of debut releases! ‘Nostalgia Bomb’ joins an ever-growing list of debut singles that have completely blown us away so far! We thank you crewneck! INDIE TOP 39
What does the song mean to you?
‘Nostalgia Bomb’ is about obsessing with the past, and letting go of things that hold us back. It also pokes fun at my own genre cause we’re basically all making 80s and 90s music now. Featuring driving drums, groovy basslines, bouncy synths, and soaring vocals, ‘Nostalgia Bomb’ is a catchy groove that also backs itself with enough energy to fill a dancefloor.
Tell us about your creative process and how the song came to be?
This song was inspired by an album from one of my favorite artists. The majority of that album was a reproduction of 80s music, and I thought it would be funny/fun to make a song that poked fun at the most recent rebirth of 80s synth pop. When I started writing, I ended up creating a song about letting go of the past and creating a future that lasts, and thus ‘Nostalgia Bomb’ was born.
What are your favourite lyrics in the song?
“Time after time, think we’re getting worse, and I know it’s tricky to find a first, when will we wake up and start to show that in a sea of sounds we’ll represent what only we’ve found.” In these lines, I included references to three prominent 80s songs. These songs are ‘Time After Time’, ‘It’s Tricky’, and ‘Wake me up before you go-go’.
When did you realise that music is what you wanted to do?
Music has been a part of my life since I started violin lessons at 5 years old. However, I became truly passionate about making music my future when I got to go see three of my all time favorite artists/bands – Porter Robinson, Boy Pablo, and Coin in concert in the span of one month. The joy and passion that these musicians were able to convey truly inspired me. The impact that these artists had on me is the kind of impact I want to have on other aspiring musicians.
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