Self-proclaimed sad-pop act EXNATIONS is channeling the 80s in their brand new music video, “John Hughes Movie Soundtrack.” Inspired by scenes in movies like The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink, fans can watch “John Hughes Movie Soundtrack” now exclusively on Substream. The song comes from their new EP, Pink Haze, which has recently been featured on EARMILK, All Things Go, PopDust, and more. Pink Haze is out now and available for purchase at www.exnations.com.
“Our sonic palette draws pretty heavily from 80’s pop and new wave music. There’s nothing more fitting to compliment the driving grooves and 80s-inspired rhythms that this song is built on than a dance-heavy music video. Problem is, none of us can really dance all that well,” the band shares. “So we enlisted the help of the talented Zoe Allocco to be our lead dancer and compose the movements for this video. All that was left for the band to do was stay generally in rhythm and play the occasional air guitar solo. We also included a few not-so-subtle homages to classic dance scenes from John Hughes movies – so be on the lookout for those.”
They continue: “Shot on a rainy night in Brooklyn, we romped around the wet streets – jumping over giant puddles, scattering from cars, and generally having the time of our lives. We shot the whole thing in a single night, thanks to the dedication, hard work, and vision of our amazing crew – Director Erin Bagwell, DP Max Nepstad, Camera Op Luis Trujillo, and Photographer Jenna Passmore.
We hope you love this one as much as we do. John Hughes forever.”
EXNATIONS are an indie pop band out of Brooklyn, NY; comprised of Sal Mastrocola, Taylor Hughes, and John O’Neill. Although self-defined as a ‘sad’ band, their color palette remains neon, penning compositions that steadily rise from somber lows of deep purple towards anthemic highs of vibrant pink and blue.
The band’s debut release, Tiny Sound In The Dark, is a more-than-promising effort, laced with sparkle and anticipation. The group’s knack for memorable hooks and danceable rhythms are clear, but what’s even more compelling about EXNATIONS is the anthemic sense of empowerment the trio produces on their first effort.
Their new sophomore EP, Pink Haze, deals from the warm halcyon embrace of nostalgia. Beautiful and all-enveloping, it’s so easy to get lost in. But over the course of the record, the band arrives at the conclusion that the haze of nostalgia best serves us when we find a way through it. When we can look at the past honestly and critically, we’ve got our best shot at true growth and progression.
Hazy and dream-like, yet bursting with passion and energy, EXNATIONS is a fitting metaphor for the world in 2019. It’s sad, but we’re still dancing.