San Francisco duo Love Jerks have released the video for their song “Apocalyptic Make-out” today via Northern Transmissions. The track appears on their forthcoming debut album, Million Movies, out in November 2, 2018. The offspring of two lead singers—Bryan Garza of Scissors for Lefty (vocals, guitar) and Rebecca Garza-Bortman of Happy Fangs and My First Earthquake (vocals, bass)—Love Jerks was born when these two jerks, yes, fell in love. Watch and share “Apocalyptic Make-out” here.
Bryan and Rebecca of Love Jerks tell Northern Transmissions:
Bryan: “This song is a love letter to 1980s suburban teenagers; exhausted from the threat of nuclear annihilation, but ever willing to plunge into a candy coated sunset”
RGB: “I know Bryan and I both proud to have back catalogs free of schmaltzy love songs, but there there’s one lyric Bryan wrote for Apocalyptic Make-out that might schmaltz up the catalog. He nearly melted my heart with his positive reframe of the world ending: “At least we’ll be together like sugar in a missile pop.” Lolz! This man is romantic at the cellular level!”
On Million Movies, Love Jerks’ debut full-length, due out fall 2018, wry lyricism, playful melodies, and tendency to be tongue-in-cheek belie a deep reverence for the pop song as an art form. The influence of New Wave and art-rock titans like David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Jarvis Cocker, and Cyndi Lauper seeps from every guitar riff and each warm, infectious synth hook. More moody, modern torch-carriers like Tame Impala can be heard in the wistful spaces between vocals, which the singers share in a kind of sonic banter.
Love Jerks also represents an experiment, then, a meeting of musical minds: What happens when two born songwriters decide their romance is a sandbox—or a stage? The couple wrote the music their wedding, and before long they were throwing a full-fledged rock opera. In a 2015 ceremony/party/show covered by GQ and ET Online, the couple literally sang themselves down the aisle at the Chapel, an aptly named San Francisco music hall.
Love Jerks will welcome Million Movies into the world in a way that only they would—by throwing an over-the-top release party at San Francisco’s favorite spot for a 1950s prom, The Make-Out Room. Weaving together the album’s cinematic songs with the band’s starry-eyed cosmology, this visually-vibrant musical performance will include appearances by several favorite Bay Area musicians as well as some larger-than-life surprises. The celebration will be a worthy follow-up to Rebecca & Bryan’s rock opera wedding, where many of the Million Movies songs debuted. The party will be held on Saturday, Nov 3. This will be the first opportunity to buy Million Movies on vinyl. MANDATORY DANCE PARTY!!! to follow. Tickets available soon on Eventbrite.
Love Jerks Tour Dates:
8/1 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
8/16 – Oakland, CA – The Uptown Nightclub
9/21 – San Francisco, CA – Balanced BreakFEST
11/3 – San Francisco, CA, United States – Make Out Room – Album Release Party