The Paranoyds Share Video For BWP; Talk Talk Talk LP Out September 9th Via Third Man Records

The Paranoyds
Photo by Derek Perlman

Today, Los Angeles-based DIY rock band The Paranoyds share new single and accompanying video, “BWP” out everywhere now. Alongside the single, the band announces a UK tour this fall with tickets on sale now here, in addition to their North American dates, ahead of their highly anticipated sophomore LP, Talk Talk Talk due out September 9 and available for pre-order now,  via Third Man Records.

Before the official fall tour kicks off, The Paranoyds will support Jack White for three dates this September including Asheville, NC, New Orleans, LA and Shreveport, LA. The fall tour officially begins on October 13 in Santa Ana, CA and moves through the South, Midwest, plus a date in Toronto, ON before concluding in their home city of Los Angeles on November 12. Then, the band heads to the UK for a string of dates through the end of November beginning in London and concluding on December 1 in Ramsgate. Find a full list of dates below, and grab tickets via linktr.ee/theparanoyds.

After some audio feedback and a steady guitar loop begins, “BWP” opens the album with an attempt to escape the monotony of daily life. Over warbled vocals, expressing disappointment with how the once-alluring future turned out, guitarist and vocalist Lexi Funston sings, “Up on my bed / I’m looking to mend / I contend I’ve got a case / A fight in my head / I’ve got a ten I’m willing to spend / A day is long when not much is coming in / Cross off 60 more, this future was a bore”

Funston explains the fuzzy jam is inspired by feeling stuck in an endless routine for so long, daydreams no longer feel special or significant–they’ve just become the norm. “Every now and then there are those days and sometimes even weeks where it just feels like you’re in a rut–for me they’re usually induced by some sort of gnarly LA heatwave or fire (if i’m really unlucky, it’s both!). All you can really do to escape the heat is daydream, but daydreaming day-to-day…it’s just not the same.”

Speaking to what the title’s three letters stand for, Funston adds, “I wrote the demo for the song at a time where it felt like all of a sudden Spotify was overcompensating for years of only boosting male rock bands, in this super disingenuous way (2019). There was this playlist called “Badass Women’s Playlist,” which I thought was such a cringe title for a playlist (looking at the playlist now, they dropped the “Women’s”). “But, on the other hand,” Funston admits, “I wanted our music to be on this playlist…I figured if I wrote a song with that intention in mind and named it after the playlist, we might finally get some subliminal love from Spotify…I guess that makes it a self-referential song about selling out.”

Directed by Max Flick, the track’s accompanying video allows each band member and their instrument shine as each shot corresponds seamlessly with each note played. Against a black backdrop, hues of red, yellow and blue along with a single spotlight bring the floating heads of each band member in and out of view. Similar to previously shared visuals, the band brings their retro spirit with them into the future, creating something brand new altogether.

Flick, who has previously collaborated with the band, was thrilled to be able to direct the latest video. Since the first time I saw The Paranoyds play at the original Non Plus Ultra I was an instant fan and knew I wanted to make a video together. We have worked on many projects over the years, but this is my first time directing for them.” After listening to the track, Flick had a clear vision for the visual. “Listening to BWP immediately provided me with these vivid images that we were able to make come to life and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.” 

Today’s release follows previously shared singles–the punchy, societal critique of “Single Origin Experience” where the band observes flawed American values and pokes fun at the country’s dedication to mass marketing and wide surveillance. Indie music tastemaker Under the Radar Magazine included the track in their Notable New Tracks list. The lead gritty, lo-fi punk track “Lizzie” came with a retro, 80’s-inspired video where the four-piece is seen rocking aluminum foil hats and dancing robotically, straight out of the TerminatorRIFF Magazine calls the track, “The futuristic punk you didn’t know you’d been waiting for,” and GrimyGoods wrote, “Over skittering electric riffs and spacey punk…’Lizzie’ is cosmically fuzzy as it [heralds] its groovy eclecticism.”

Talk Talk Talk, the forthcoming sentimental, sci-fi-infused sophomore album from The Paranoyds gives the band space to expand, evolve and above all, have fun. Over 11 tracks, the band experiments with sounds that span an eclectic array of genres–from jazz, to lo-fi punk-rock, to groovy R&B–that melt together showcasing the innovative range of the rising rockers.

The Paranoyds are Southern California DIY rock royalty, unafraid and unapologetically in perpetual pursuit of a good time. Fueled by the fiery energy of their live shows paired with raw lyricism and subtle societal commentary, The Paranoyds are ready to take their artistry to new heights. The close-knit four-piece is made up of Laila Hashemi (keys/vocals), Lexi Funston (guitar/vocals), Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) and David Ruiz (drums/vocals) who together masterfully blend light-hearted playfulness with sharp sincerity over fuzzy guitar, dreamy vocals and punchy, punky rock-n-roll.

The band has caught the attention of several leading tastemakers as they continue to build on their fervent fanbaseLADYGUNN, called their music “upbeat” yet “ominous” and added the band is “edgy and cute all at once and their music reflects that youthful energy that you wish you could bottle.” Surviving The Golden Age wrote, “…[“Girlfriend Degree’s”] fuzzy guitars are reminiscent of bands like the Kinks or more modernly The Hives. Although the track is fairly mid-tempo, it still sounds urgent; it is a sign of a band who knows how to make anthems,” and that “Carnage Bargain is a huge triumph for The Paranoyds” Of their debut LP, Carnage BargainBandcamp lauded, “The production…is superb, highlighting the dreamy vocals.”

See The Paranoyds live this fall across North America where they will join Jack White for three dates, then embark on their own headline dates with support from MillyUpchuckTchotchke, and Bad Waitress. Plus, The Paranoyds have newly added a string of dates across the U.K. Get tickets now here and see a full list of dates below. 

The Paranoyds’ latest single and video, “BWP” out everywhere now, brightens life’s dullest moments as the band plots an escape from their daily routine. Talk Talk Talk, the expansive sophomore album from the four-piece is due out September 9 via Third Man Records and is available for pre-order now. See the band support Jack White this September ahead of their fall tour across North America and the UK with tickets available now here. Connect with The Paranoyds on InstagramYouTube and Facebook to keep up with the rising rockers.

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