The new video for “Think” by 1592 is a simple concept; just a band playing in a bar. This being said, this video is more than that, with its black and white footage, jump cuts and change of focus throughout. The video fits well with the already laid back tune which is created by the traditional rocksteady beat. 1592 does more in this song with just the saxophone than some bands can do with an entire horn section. The added female backing vocals are also a nice contrast to the edgier lead vocals of Eric Abbey. Overall this was an enjoyable song and I can’t wait to hear more from this Detroit band.
Ska veterans ’12 Cents for Marvin’ have released a new video for their song “Lie Lie Lie.” Clad in checkered shades and spikey hair, lead singer Tom Werge leads his fellow bandmates in a ska anthem for the ages. There was a time in the early ’90s and early 2000’s when every ska song sounded like this one. 12 Cents for Marvin has survived both the rise and fall of the 3rd wave and continue doing what they do best, and that’s deliver the upbeat brand of ska they are known for. Although this band is almost 2o years old, they harness the energy of teenagers run amok in this simple, yet extremely fun video. So hop in the van with 12 Cents for Marvin and go on a ska joyride you won’t soon forget. Grade: A-