Loose Buttons have just released their new video for the track titled ‘Minor Leaguer’. A niche thought from the good news brought by things opening back up, the video pays homage to those that didn’t quite get to the finish line. In anything in life. We’ve all been there. And now there i a theme to it. With beautiful guitars and chord changes that make it a slacker anthem for us all.
“I started working on these lyrics around the time sports were starting back up again, and I would find myself thinking about those guys who bounce around the minors for years and never quite crack the big leagues,” says lead singer Eric Nizgretsky.
“This was also around the time every show was getting cancelled, so everything was a bit dark and there were natural comparisons to be made. But, despite that, there’s something that drives those career minor leaguers to keep the dream alive and keep on going. At the end of the day, even the minor leagues are better than whatever else is out there. That’s the energy we were trying to channel with this one. For the video, we found an old roller hockey rink like three hours outside the city, the closest one that was willing to have us, and just had a blast skating around in the middle of nowhere until 5AM having the best time; all directed and shot by our great friend Austin Withers.”
A self-aware nod to music’s “part time showmen” and “career minor leaguers,” with lyrics projecting familiar uncertainties from “I can barely keep my plants alive” to “a suitcase roam in an empty carousel” to “if it’s the end, then at least we can say that we tried.” Produced by Hop Along’s Joe Reinhart (Beach Bunny, Joyce Manor) and recorded at his Headroom Studios in Philadelphia, the band finds a light-hearted way to grapple head-on with the loss that’s been brought to the forefront in the past 18 months – of dreams and normalcies and loved ones – without losing themselves in the process (“another new season starts soon / something sweet out of the blue,” the lyrics conclude).
Playing on the “Minor Leaguer” idea, the band took over an old school roller rink for a part-Slap Shot, part-Rocket Power embrace of the..perhaps less glorious…elements of chasing a dream. Shot at Plainville Indoor Sports Arena in Plainville, CT. Directed by Austin Withers.
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