Brooklyn-based, Seattle-born indie folk/rock outfit, Charlie and the Rays announce their new single, “There Goes My Baby.” Carried by uplifting harmonies and upbeat rhythms, the song’s lyrics, in contrast, are fueled by serious subject matter and serve as politically-charged commentary on society today. “There Goes My Baby” addresses the horrific reality that America has become a ground for terrorism because of the lack of gun laws and failed mental health and healthcare systems, and how schools have so often been targets. The lyrics, “Didn’t you read the news today, a group of kids on the front page,” refers to the cover of Time Magazine featuring students from Parkland and organizers of the March For Our Lives. The song also represents the battle of fear that parents have to now endure as they send their children to school, knowing that these institutions that should be safe places harboring growth and learning, are now targets for such gun violence.
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This new single was engineered by Tyler Postiglione at Thump Studios, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and incorporates powerful melodies, silky, rich harmonies, and 60’s and 70’s rock and folk-inspired instrumentation. These aspects together create an eloquent dichotomy that is simultaneously bouncy and catchy, while also stirring a vivid sense of deep longing and yearning.
The band was founded by sisters, Rebecca Stobbe (guitar/vocals) and Jordan Stobbe (bass guitar/vocals), and now includes friends, Ian LeSage (lead guitar/vocals) and Patrick Hagan (drums), who help round out their unique sound. The sisters originally got their start as teenagers busking in their hometown of Seattle at the iconic Pike Place Market, where they first began to delve into performance and songwriting.
Already featured on tastemaker blogs, The Big Takeover, For Folk’s Sake, The Bluegrass Situation, and more, Charlie and the Rays’ compelling songwriting is ardently intentional, drawing from decades of classic iconic sounds that wash over listeners with warm familiarity – the result of which is a nostalgic feeling, coupled with a vibe that is current and fresh. The group will be performing at NYC’s famed venue, Rockwood Music Hall Stage on March 18 and showcasing “the most exciting thing happening in folk-rock today.” (American Standard Time)
Stay tuned for more announcements from the band as Charlie and the Rays release new music throughout 2020.
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