LOVE PAST BLUE–the Dallas, TX-based female-fronted indie pop rock group–last Friday (12/8) released “No Means No,” the lead single from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album produced by the esteemed Sylvia Massy (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Powerman 5000) coming in 2018 (details TBA).
The band’s 16-year-old lead vocalist and lyricist Clio Cadence penned the forthright song this past March based off personal harassment experiences and recorded it this past July. The song debuted with AllAccess.com (12/7) alongside an in-depth interview. Click here to listen to the track aiming to further raise awareness in solidarity with other victims of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault during an important time for women in our culture. The song opens with these lyrics (read full lyrics here):
“Boys we need to get something right
You can’t do anything you want
You can’t do anything you like
Boys we need to get something right
You can’t do anything you want
Because you turn off the light”
“Wherever we’ve performed ‘No Means No’ live, women and girls have approached me–many of them crying–to say things like, ‘I really needed to hear that’ or, ‘This really needs to be out in the world right now,’ says Cadence. “I can relate to what they are feeling, because it happened to me. Females are tired of feeling helpless about the situation. ‘No Means No’ is about empowerment; it’s about standing up for what’s right, and more than anything, it’s about treating women with respect.”
Opening up about her personal experiences, Cadence adds: “I was groped in school twice-both times by the same male student. The first time I was shocked. The second time I was so angry I almost got in a fist fight with the guy, but a teacher held me back. The teacher had seen it before, but didn’t do anything about it. The third time I was harassed happened when I was 15. I found myself in a situation with an older, trusted, industry professional that was making very strong advances at me in a locked room, against my will. The guys–my band–were not far away in another part of the building and I got out. It made me change the way I thought about the people around me. My family and friends encouraged me to take what I had been through and turn it into something positive. I made a decision to make it my strength, to use it to help others.”
LOVE PAST BLUE –made up of vocalist Cadence (16), guitarist Jack Hickman (14), bassist Joe Galate (17) and drummer Logan Ellis Sheppard (16)–boasts a sound that is bold and sassy, straddling the line between pop and rock, and infused with a subtle blend of jazz and funk; drawing inspiration from early No Doubt, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Evanescence. Their sophomore album is currently being produced by Sylvia Massy, who has a history of over 25 gold and platinum records, including several Grammy-nominated albums. The first single off that album, “V.I.P.,” was released everywhere on October 6th. “Working with Sylvia on our new music is literally a dream come true,” said Cadence. “She really believes in us and our music, and she has definitely taken the recordings to the next level.”
In June 2016, LOVE PAST BLUE brought their show to Houston for SpringBoard South, and by January 2017, they were headed to San Diego, California for SpringBoard West. Both music festivals were designed to bring emerging artists and music industry professionals together for mutual benefit. For LOVE PAST BLUE, this led to their partnership with legendary management consultant VickyHamilton, who is perhaps best known for launching the careers of multi-platinum bands Guns ‘N Roses and Poison, among others. The band’s sophomore album, produced by Massy, is due out in 2018 (details TBA). LOVE PAST BLUE are also confirmed for a run of shows on the west coast in January. Event details and tour schedule are available here.