Let’s not kid ourselves – the world feels like it’s on the brink of collapse every minute doesn’t it? I’m not sure if it’s always been like this or if we are actually experiencing some sort of existential apocalyptic dread because we’re actually nearing the ‘end times’. Either way, personal connections are precious and it’s important to keep the people that you care about, close. That’s what queer-fronted friendship punks TAYLS is all about — in their recent single “The Universe is Crumbly”, we are presented an image of friends or lovers holding hands while the world around them goes up in flames. The energetic track brilliantly captures the emotional rollercoaster that the majority of us have experienced during the pandemic, political strife and climate disasters that only seem to be getting worse. In the music video, we are introduced to a rove of apocalyptic bandits (eerily similar to the popular show and novel and tv show Station 11, which follows a group of apocalypse survivors who make their living as traveling performers. Energetic and upbeat from beginning to end, the song’s musical and lyrical elements deliver a catchy bop that you’ll have a hard time getting out of your head.
As brazen on-stage as they are sonically, Tayls is known for their over-the-top live performances, which combine immersive lighting, dancers, drag queens, giant swan dives, confetti and balloons to create a one-of-a-kind visceral experience. In addition to their festival appearances, Tayls will support the single release with a co-headlining southeast tour with Forrest Isn’t Dead as well as a showcase at Nashville Film Festival in late September.
A stalwart of the Nashville music community for years, Taylor Cole assembled a collection of the city’s most talented musicians and closest friends to bring to life a vision first thought up by Cole and then-roommate Greg Dorris. The addition of Creature Comfort bandmate Jessey Clark (bass), Jo Cleary (violin), Mo Balsam (keys/vocals), Michael Taylor (synth), Andy Heath (guitar) and Atticus Swartwood (drums) created a type of magic that can only grow from the roots of pure friendship.
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Watch the Official Music Video for “The Universe is Crumbly” here.