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Casey Jack's 'Cool Kids' video delivers punk attitude and chill vibes

Casey Jack

(Alex W. Crowder)

Casey Jack is a singer-songwriter from Springfield, Missouri with Phil Spector-esque ambitions and an affinity for the raw, blown-out energy of punk and garage rock. Fusing these two very different impulses—plus spending a winter in Chicago writing—has resulted in a self-titled LP (out Aug. 26 on Rough Beast Records) that’s full of sharp, clever hooks and lots of ragged guitar fuzz.

The album’s lead single is called “Cool Kids.” With its rollicking power-pop arrangement and sneering lyrics about hipster conformity, it sounds something like a punk band with a down-low weakness for Oasis, while its Andy Wolff-directed video—where Jack and some friends hang out, smoke smokes, crush beers, and hang around a backwoods oasis—delivers some hazily chill Dazed and Confused vibes.

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