After beginning the promotional campaign for their third LP back in February, Imaginary People had to hit the pause button on the release due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Now the band wanted to get out a public service message to encourage fans to get out and vote. Today the New York City-based rockersare pleased to present their their new single “1999 – Just Vote.” The song is Imaginary People’s cover of Prince’s “1999” and the accompanying video stars Leila Rita as the reluctant and uninspired voter. The video premiered today at Northern Transmissions and the song is available on all streaming platforms to add to your favorite playlists. About the song and video Imaginary People’s Dylan Von Wagner says:Using an old unused cover of 1999 recorded years and years ago, I thought this song might be appropriate for the moment for election day in the current climate of shit show theater that we live in. I cast a family member’s niece Leila Rita who seems born for showbiz. This is what was traded on the day of the shoot after she and her parents approved.This is verbatim by the way on the day.
“Leila we’re gonna do a video to help get out the vote for the election, what do you wanna do? dance, smile?”
She Replied “I don’t know… how I”m gonna play it?”[she’s 4 years old and not an actor…]
before I could get a word in She said “I”m gonna be serious.”
I thought great, she’ll be the reluctant uninspired voter who is disenchanted about voting….
She then hopped in the chair with the Vote sign and we’re off..
We ended up with just one take which myself and my wife [The DP] had a tough time keeping a straight face for.
We didn’t count on Leila’s spot on commitment to character and her unwavering sober glare.
After one take, she said “I got it, I’m done with show business,” and walked off…..
In the coming weeks, the band will release additional singles from their forthcoming album Alibi due to be released in 2021. Fans can stream two pre-release singles now, “Hometown” and “Crazy Eight.” “Hometown” was described by PopMatters as “landing somewhere between ’80s stadium rock (The Alarm, War-era U2) and latter day saints such as the War on Drugs.” Both songs are available now to stream and share on streaming services.
Any music worth its salt will reflect the times it’s made in. It’ll absorb the atmosphere of everything around it, hold up a mirror to what’s happening in the lives of the people who made it and also the wider world outside. That’s exactly what Alibi, the band’s third full-lengthdoes. It is, as frontman Dylan Von Wagner, explains, a response to the cultural civil war that he sees unfolding all across the USA.
That cultural dystopia bristles through Alibi’s 11 songs. Recorded by Phil Weinrobe (Nick Murphy, Pussy Riot, Stolen Jars) at Rivington 66 in the band’s home of New York City, as well as upstate with Eli Crews at Spillway Sound in the Catskills, and mixed by Eli Crews (Tuneyards, Deerhoof, Xylouris White at Figure 8 in Brooklyn. This is an album that shimmers with a twisted beauty, which feeds off all of that disturbing substance and turns it into something both harrowing and beautiful.