A whirlwind of punk rock angst, power-pop hooks, heartland sincerity, and Americana jangle, The Small Calamities started in 2015 as the brainchild of LA songwriter/producer Charlie Wolf. Their latest album, Moments of Impact, trades in their previous LP’s walls of synths for more intricate guitar work, lush harmonies, and soaring strings.
New Noise are proud to premiere the video for the band’s latest single, “Stock Photography,” below:
Wolf’s lyrics blend wry humor and Springsteen-esque imagery with naked earnestness.
Rounded out by Christian Kalafut’s melodic driving basslines and Hayden Parker’s booming drumbeats, the band have all dedicated embarrassing amounts of time to studying the pop hook. It’s that devotion that’s given them an uncanny knack for crafting impossibly catchy earworms out of everything from up-tempo skate punk to somber piano ballads.
The band work withed Vince Ratti (The Front Bottoms, The Wonder Years, Brand New) and Kyle Black (State Champs, Paramore, New Found Glory) to craft a distinctive sound that blends their folk roots and pop-punk aspirations.
On the video’s release, Wolf states:
“During the pandemic, I went through some things I had in storage and realized I had been holding onto (for years) a set of picture frames with the stock photos that originally came in them with happy families and picket fences. I thought that was a funny reflection of how things don’t always turn out how we expect them to—hence this song.
“For this music video, we rented an office and asked Coleman Moore (a really great, local pop artist) to come up with an interpretive dance that fits the song. He really knocked it out of the park.”
Purchase or stream Moments of Impact here.