The beachy punk, Brooklyn-based Namesake are releasing their sophomore LP, Redeeming Features, on October 15, and they are giving fans an extra treat, the new single and video, “Population.”
The band adopted a new name after founding member Tyson Moore left the band during the COVID-19 pandemic. The album acts as a sort of healing exercise, though it is surely a fun listen.
“Population” is a commentary on wealth overtaking the heart of NYC. Namesake’s Patrick Phillips talks more about the inspirations behind the track:
I’ wrote ‘Population’ after that day with my sister. We’re both from the Midwest, but my 15 years in the city have turned me into a proud New Yorker. And what I’ve witnessed is life getting harder and harder for normal, working class people, while the hyper gentrification continues. Hopefully in a post pandemic world, the city can start addressing some of the polarizing wealth inequality. At my lower Manhattan restaurant job, I’m reminded often of how the very wealthy live in a very different city than the rest of us.”
Watch the video for “Population” here:
Photo courtesy of Namesake and Erikka Electra