Wisconsin’s Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers have a brand new single and video for the song King and Queen off their 2018 album Ephren. A love letter to summer, the song opens with a pop-start of guitars and the line I want to be the King of the summer, but we live in different cities. The instrumentation rounds out the sound with the typical high-energy drums and a solid bass sound – a nice 3-piece scenario – refreshing in this era that’s dominated by synths and beats.
The success of this song hinges on two main factors – First, it’s a truly solid, radio-ready pop confection with an instantly unforgettable hook:
Pop a beer open / drink it till we’re frisky / We’re the King and Queen of the summer
The well-written tune effectively captures the fleeting vibes of summer, the challenges of long-distance love, and the fun of youth, but the real star of the track is Nick’s voice, an octave-jumping miracle set of pipes that stands out with its melodicism in a genre full of emo/pop screamers.
The video is a throwback to the wacky, fun music videos of the 80s – think Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun or Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Going to Take It. A low-voiced stranger emerges from a smoky van in a parking lot and invites the band in. What ensues is a madcap fantasy of a summer love triangle that pokes fun at gender roles mixed with shots of the band caught in the middle of a high energy garage-style performance. It’s truly a blast and showcases a humorous side to the band in a time when we all need to laugh.
In safer times, we would love to see this band live and see how the energy contained in this track explodes on stage.
Watch the Official Music Video Below!