Trash Boy are quickly becoming the heroes for the Philly Indie-Punk scene. The group who burst into the room with a vibrant, undeniable energy, launches with us their latest video today titled “Fuck New York,” which brings the soul of the band to life. Taken from their ambitious (and highly recommended!) release, The Future is Trash, the group brings nostalgic Punk aesthetic with an updated flair.
Trash Boy’s Chris Fortunato says of the statement of the video and the track:
“Fuck New York” is the first track for our most recent album, The Future is Trash. It’s about the inequality wrought by capitalism and gentrification and the role we ourselves play in the same stuff happening here in Philadelphia, as transplants from other places. But at the same time I can’t blame myself – it would be way too difficult to try to be an artist in NYC, where my family is from. In a sense I’m just part of a trend that I can’t stop. The song is kind of a love/hate letter to New York. It’s always been a part of my life, and I’ve always loved the city, but I hate it for being so expensive and inaccessible. It’s a vibrant and beautiful scene but it’s being suffocated by rising rent and the relentless exploitation of the capital class. NYC will eat itself. It’s cool until the artists are all gone. It will eventually become so expensive that it’s remembered as a place where art used to happen, back in history. For example there’s a new building going up in Bushwick right now where the rent is $5300/month for a 2-br. And get this – the most expensive rooms come with an easel to commemorate the artistic heritage of the neighborhood. If that’s not a slap in the face to all the beautiful culture that’s happened in NYC, then I don’t know what is. I don’t need to say “Fuck New York” because New York fucks itself.