Germany’s Riches of the Poor released a new single this past week and it perfectly encapsulates how I’ve been feeling these past few months. “Morning After” is a moody rocker that follows one time-lapse shot of a city street. At first, I assumed this was a recent video, as the street looked as desolate as most streets have over the course of this pandemic. But as the songs’ coda plays out, you start to see the city come to life. Alas, this was filmed before isolation. But it still fits in well with the times. The lyrics are simple and straightforward….

“dream away

I want to see your morning play”

Born in Philadelphia to Israeli parents, songwriter and frontman Miky moved all over the globe before finally settling in Berlin in 2004. Having already spent his youth playing in a variety of indie bands, he fit right in with the city’s thriving musical underground. After a stint as a solo artist, he found kindred spirits in Simon, Daniel, and Ferdinand and together they began working on the songs that would later become The Long Way Down. Their similar artistic backgrounds and views allowed them to seamlessly merge into one identity, finding solace in expressing their inner pain through music.

“There’s an almost comic element to this angry complaining,” Miky says, explaining the tension between joy and sorrow contained within their songs. For a band named after a Morrissey lyric, it should come as no surprise that Riches Of The Poor are capable of finding humor in the loneliest places. This contradiction is at the heart of their personality and is what keeps their songs so engaging and relatable.

Fans of The National ought to pay particular attention to debut album from these alt-rockers. The Long Way Down will be released on the 19th of June, on Crocodile Tears Records.

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