VIDEO PREMIERE: The Jellybricks Keep It Real & Melodic Via Power Pop Jewel “Mrs. Misery”

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based quartet The Jellybricks (Larry Kennedy [guitar, vocals], Garrick Chow [bass, vocals], Bryce Connor [guitar, vocals], Tom Kristich [drums, vocals]) began as a vehicle for Larry Kennedy’s original songs in the mid-‘90s but has steadily evolved over seven releases into a four-headed collaboration with all four members writing and singing lead. The band’s hook-laden songs owe debts of inspiration to decades of melodic rock ‘n’ roll from the ‘60s British invasion through ‘70s punk, ‘80s college rock and ‘90s alternative.

Stevie Van Zandt, founder of Wicked Cool Records and the Underground Garage radio properties, began taking notice in recent years, elevating their 2012 track “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” to Coolest Song in the World Status. The song was later voted by listeners as “Coolest Song of 2012,” beating out tracks from Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, and others. In the wake of heavy airplay on SiriusXM and syndicated terrestrial radio over the years, The Jellybricks, who also tour regularly, signed to Wicked Cool at the dawn of 2019, releasing their singles “Brooklyn” and “DOA” to set the stage for their new album, Some Kind Of Lucky (due out October 4th). The mélange of styles is all in keeping with the band’s longtime ethos, as Kennedy explains. “The Jellybricks name was always intended to allow us to be as loud or as aggressive or as dark as we wanted, or to be as soft, as sentimental, or as still as we wanted to be too. One of our early promotional tag lines was ‘Sweet like Jelly…hits you like a Brick!’”

A rock group in the classic two guitars-bass-drums tradition, The Jellybricks are superb songwriters, with Goldmine Magazine calling their last studio album, Youngstown Tune-Up (2014), their “finest, most consistent release to date, jam-packed with 14 stellar tunes brimming with the hooks ‘n’ harmonies one expects from longtime power pop practitioners” in their A- album review.

Glide is proud to premiere the video for “Mrs. Misery” – a song with gigantic power-pop precision and electricity. Like The Replacements, Fountains of Wayne and early Goo Goo Dolls, The Jellybricks blast hooks and melodies that adhere, yet unravel a smack of unpolished reflection that keeps it real. “Mrs. Misery” will be available to download/stream on DSPs starting Friday 9/13.

“We didn’t want to put out a lyric video that was just text running across the screen to the music, so we set up a camera in my basement, put a dry erase board on the ping-pong table, decorated the “set” with stuff that was lying around, and hit record,” says Chow. “It was all done in one take and took about 25 minutes in real-time. Bryce and Tom took turns writing the lyrics, Larry did the little doodles in the corner, and I was on eraser duty. I really like the little mistakes and corrections and spur-of-the-moment decisions that we captured, so we didn’t bother with a second take. We ended up with what I hope is a fun and re-watchable visual accompaniment to Mrs. Misery.”

 

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