Atlanta-based outfit Small Reactions have released their new single, “Park Place”: a radioactive blast of “nerve pop” that reflects Deerhunter, The Strokes, and Cage The Elephant. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album, New Age Soul, due out on SofaBurn Records.
New Noise are proud to premiere the video for “Park Place” below:
Small Reactions play situational pop songs. Relying on the minimal instrumentation of guitar, bass, vintage organs, and drums, the outfit is equal parts post-punk, new wave, and surf.
The band themselves prefer the term “nerve pop” to describe their music. The phrase comprises the frenetic energy of the late ‘70s new wavers and Bob Dylan’s shaky foot circa 1965. Sonically, they resemble “Chairs Missing”-period Wire and early Stereolab; lyrically, they reside somewhere in the “new domestic” school.
Following 2017’s RXN_002, their forthcoming album on SofaBurn Records, New Age Soul, takes Small Reactions into uncharted waters. While the band’s initial M.O. was to subvert indie pop through a state of blissful repetition, they now paint with a more vibrant palette—an adventurous approach full of tightly-strung melodies and a steadfast foundation that’s led to support with Portugal. The Man, Mac DeMarco, DIIV, and Titus Andronicus.
On the track’s accompanying video, director and editor Avery Kincaid states:
“When I got a Super 8 camera, one of my first goals was to create a music video. I knew Small Reactions would be the perfect band to collaborate with since we all share the same passion for classic indie films.
With ‘Park Place’ it just made sense, the song has a warm/retro feel to it and we all felt like the Super 8 would really bring it to life.”
Small Reactions guitarist Ross Politi adds:
“No matter how hard you try to move on to a new phase in life, you can’t escape who you thought you wanted to be.”
Stream “Park Place” here.