Rare Americans Release Animated Video For New Single “Brittle Bones Nicky 2” From Upcoming Album “Rare Americans 2”
Vancouver punks partner up with Toronto-based studio Solis Animation to deliver yet another profound audiovisual for new single “Brittle Bones Nicky 2” – the sequel to fan-favorite and JUNO-award winning release “Brittle Bones Nicky” out now.
Thousands of fans formed a one-of-a-kind bond with Nicky as the underdog and all he represents, creating fan art around his story and even dressing up in character as Nicky at Comic Cons.
James Priestner of the band explains, “He figures he’s a shoo in for heaven, but little does he know, getting in isn’t so simple…” The track also reflects the band’s dynamic range, blending elements from hip-hop to ska-punk and incorporating a makeshift orchestra, horns section, skank guitar, and 6 different voices to match the animation. Speaking on the new addition to their world, dubbed Crooked City, James adds,“It’s an experimental song, not following popular song structure. It’s designed more like a short film with the accompanied video.”
“This song was huge for us,” says James Priestner, “it established ourselves as storytellers, brought industry interest to the band, made us thousands of fans around the world, and got our name out there in the alternative music community. We believed that bookending our new album with these songs only made sense, as it closes the Brittle Bones Nicky chapter… for now at least, who knows what will happen in the future!”
Rare Americans are the voice of our generation – from telling stories of mental health, financial issues, systemic pressures, substance abuse to relationship woes and the struggle of finding your identity. By creating a candid dialogue and encouraging introspection by-way-of both the lyrical page and their story-driven animated videos, the band seeks to find hope while in turn fostering a community for all.
James Priestner elaborates, “A lot of Rare Americans fans are extremely talented artists from many different disciplines, but when I talk to them I can feel their lack of self belief. That can cause a host of mental anguish, and it’s largely what a lot of Rare Americans 2 is inspired by. It’s been a core part of Rare Americans to empower our listeners to believe in themselves, embrace their weirdness, and understand that you can control your own destiny. But it’s equally important to communicate the amount of effort it takes to get where you want to go. It’s our goal with the new album that people feel a sense of community and support in dealing with their issues, because we’re all fighting similar battles.