[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Indie Pop Band JOCKS Jumpstart An Unexpected Romance in “Spotlight” Video

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Pop music and fast whips go way back. From the Knight Rider theme’s New Wave futurism to yet another Fast and Furious soundtrack, we can’t help but pair chrome with hooks. Nashville indie pop band JOCKS comes off the block strong with debut single and music video “Spotlight.” We have the song and music video premiering exclusively here at No Country for New Nashville ahead of its release date on Friday.

Ultra smooth vocals, ’80s guitar shreddage, and a gnarly saxophone solo crank up the mood on “Spotlight” to maximum wattage. Recorded with Ben Shive of Colony House, “Spotlight” should grab the attention of anybody who loves COIN, PHANGS or The 1975. Vocalist Barrett Jacques says, “We just wanted to write a banging pop song like all of our eighties heroes: Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Duran Duran. Not saying we really came close to doing something as good as them, but, hey, we tried.”

The “Spotlight” video is a slightly tongue-in-cheek ode to the ’80s that features Jacques falling in love with a red Buick Reatta. Nashville summer mainstays like Bobbie’s Dairy Dip and Fox’s Donut Den set the scene for an all-night ride in the city. Elaborating on the playful, cheeky mood they created, Jacques says, “We wanted the video to have that throw back feel as well. We’d used my buddy’s 1990 Buick Reatta for a joke photo shoot about a year back and thought, ‘Hey, those lights are pretty cool.’ So we stayed up all night shooting the video and just driving around town looking for cool spots. We knew we wanted it to be a love story between man and car, but we had a hard time making it work until we figured out the car wash. Once we got that scene we just had to wake up four more times to shoot the sunrise… all to get the lighting just right.”

JOCKS consists of Jacques (Vocals/Keys), Phil Haas (Drums / Producer / Videographer), Brandon Dockery (Guitar), and Reid Huffman (Bass). The band is set to release their debut EP in late 2017, along with playing some live dates.

Watch JOCKS’ unexpectedly romantic music video for “Spotlight” below.
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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Mike Floss, Jacob Banks, Real Estate, Benjamin Booker, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions

“Take Yours” by Mike Floss
“Only One King” by Jung Youth
“Been Here Before” by Whissell
“Nothing Scares Us ft. Daniella Mason” by Super Duper
“Better” by Kaptan
“Do Whatever Gets You High” by The Daybreaks
“Muse” by Jacob Disedare

Touring artist additions

“Like Really” by Oddisee – Playing Basement East on June 28
“Chainsmoking” by Jacob Banks – Playing The High Watt on November 20
“Darling” by Real Estate – Playing Live on the Green on August 17
“Witness” by Benjamin Booker – Playing Basement East on October 9
“It’s a Whale” by Deer Tick – Playing Americana Music Festival on September 13 and 14

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: MUTEMATH, Lorde, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions

“Hit Parade” by MUTEMATH – Playing The Ryman on October 3
“Trippin in a Spacesuit” by Gabriela
“Numb” by Trevor James Tillery
“Fine” by Tayler Buono
“Garden of Little White Lies” by Kelly Hoppenjans

Touring artist additions

“Perfect Places” by Lorde – Playing Bridgestone Arena on April 15
“Dust Bunnies” by Kurt Vile – Playing The Ryman on November 9
“How to Boil an Egg” by Courtney Barnett – Playing The Ryman on November 9
“Radio Kids” by Strand of Oaks – Playing The High Watt on October 1
“In Undertow” by Alvvays – Playing Exit/In on October 12

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Pop Artist Kyle Reynolds Wants More Than the Weekend on “Friday Saturday Sunday”

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Weekend dates are great, but what’s so wrong with grabbing a Thursday morning coffee at Dose or squeezing in weeknight drinks at Rosemary? It’s the sort of question Nashville pop artist Kyle Reynolds asks with infectious single “Friday Saturday Sunday.” The beautifully produced anthem tackles convenience culture in the dating world, since love isn’t as easy as grabbing a Lyft or ordering from UberEats, right? The single is an exciting follow up of “Natural,” his 2017 collaboration with Russ Macklin.

Reynolds says, “I wrote the song with Sam Ellis in Nashville, TN, who’s one of my favorite people to write with. It was produced by him and another dude in LA named Daniel Weber. The song is pretty much about someone who just wants to hang out and mess around on the weekends, but can’t commit to a real relationship and show up on the weekdays.”

Listen to “Friday Saturday Sunday” below. We promise it sounds amazing any day of the week.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Tristen, Torres, Kyle Reynolds, Mountains Like Wax & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions

“Glass Jar” by Tristen – Playing American Legion Post 82 on July 13
“Speak” by Wild Cub
“Friday Saturday Sunday” by Kyle Reynolds
“Who You Are” by NAWAS
“(a)Rest” by Mountains Like Wax
“Sanctuaries” by Pale Lungs

Touring artist additions

“A Little Uncanny” by Conor Oberst – Playing Marathon Music Works on October 13
“Mary” by Big Thief – Playing Mercy Lounge on September 25
“Skim” by Torres – Playing The High Watt on October 24
“Adderall” by Max Frost – Playing The High Watt on October 5
“Heaven” by PVRIS – Playing Marathon Music Works on October 6
“Anymore” by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Playing The High Watt on June 27

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