Daptone Records has spearheaded the classic soul revival music scene since it was founded in 2001. The label helped propel artists like Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, and Lee Fields from local soul-singing legends to international stars out of their Brooklyn studio. This week, the venerable label shared The Mystery Lights' new single "I'm so Tired (Of Living in the City)" through the Wick label partnership. Listen above.
This is a punk anthem with an energetic punch, complete with jagged guitar riffs, flowing bass, rapid drums, rollicking organ, pounding piano, and frantic call-and-response vocals. In a statement shared by Rolling Stone, guitarist Mike Brandon said the song is "about being tired of traits often attached to the big city, but when you leave it, you realize how much you love it." We love the surprise ending, a welcome wake-up call.
The track will appear on their upcoming album Too Much Tension! which is scheduled for release on May 10, 2019. Pick it up on Amazon.
The band will play a one-off show on May 18 in Brooklyn before heading out on a North American tour later in the month. For concert tickets and more, check out The Mystery Lights' Zumic artist page.