Stereodove drops their new single and video in the form of ‘Madonna’ today! Social commentary on social media is something we need much more of these days. Badly. Those who said ‘sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ never envisioned Facebook and Twitter. Words can do much worse, even kill.
The song captures that feeling with precise harmony and, with the video, gives that subject even more enhancement for vetting because, as the video states, once you are used up, there is someone else to take your place.
Commentated with a beautiful hook and lush production, Stereodove shows that they are the new #indie both in performance and values. And this gives me rare respect for such an artist that goes well beyond their music.
The accompanying music video is largely a comment on the negative effects of social media in modern-day America. Here, we see a dancer performing an extensive routine in a futuristic social media network. Though she is initially well received by her audience, she makes a misstep, for which she is abhorred. The video ends with a shot of a new viewer, watching the dancer, and realizing it’s their turn.
Directed by Ian Matthews
Edited by Ian Matthews and Brian Bello
Beginning as the brainchild of vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Jason Ledesma during his college years, the first complete incarnation of the alternative pop-rock band Stereodove was born in 2018 with the addition of lead guitarist and keyboardist Cameron Good and bass guitarist Brian Bello. They began playing local shows in the southern California area, opening for such acts as Matt Embree (of Rx Bandits) and performing with actress and singer Olivia Rodrigo. They later released their first collection of songs, ‘Body Electric’, which Ledesma had recorded and produced in his home.
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The album was mixed by Dan Konopka (drummer of OK Go) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (David Bowie – “Blackstar”, Foo Fighters – “Wasting Light”, The Killers – “Battle Born”). 2019 saw a lineup change with the addition of drummer Melissa Koziel, who brought finesse and experience to the band. Stereodove, a group of misfits diverse in musical background, race, and gender, writes songs from a place of “otherness” and melancholy, often blending the colorful melodies of pop and electronic music with the raw spirit of indie and emo rock.