The band pays homage to both a fallen friend and their fair city on latest single
Detroit’s Popular Creeps return to pay homage to a fallen comrade on “Gone By 45,” the first single off the group’s forthcoming album, All Of This Will End In Tears (due December 9th).
“This song is a thank you note to my now departed best friend, Tom Payne,” guitarist Lenny Grassa tells Rock & Roll Globe. “Besides being my best bud, he was also the bass player in our L.A. based band The Leonards. He had a way of bringing out your best by showing that he believed in you… even though he may not have always believe in himself. I probably wouldn’t have had the guts to sing if it were not for Tom. So… you can blame him! He was a man of contradiction but there was rarely a dull moment when he was around. Gone 17 years and I still miss him.”
“Gone By 45” is the first example of the record’s muscular and melodic Midwestern pop-punk to hit the airwaves, exhibiting a sound akin to the likes of Nova Mob and Hang Time-era Soul Asylum.
And Rock & Roll Globe is proud to premiere the video for the song today on the site, which also doubles up as a tribute to their own distinct corner of the Motor City.
“Since this song was written about my friend Tom Payne, I figured the video should feature a few things that he loved,” Grassa explains. “Tom loved Detroit and he loved to drive, which is mentioned in the song. Besides the performance footage, it’s basically us driving or walking around town. We hit some spots that I knew Tom would like, such as St. Andrews Hall where you could see acts like Morphine to Hüsker Dü. And Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers. You also see landmarks like The Fox Theater and The Detroiter Bar where we would wet our whistle from time to time. The footage was shot on an iPhone by our friend Tim Meeks.”
The group, rounded out by Andrew Colvin (guitar, vocals), Joe Heaphy (bass) and Dave Nantais (drums), have risen quickly since forming in 2017, initially staking their claim of the Prairie Rock pie with their 2019 debut LP Bloodshot Red.
May “Gone By 45” and the ten other songs that comprise All Of This Will End In Tears continue to bring these Popular Creeps further popularity on the scene.
VIDEO: Popular Creeps “Gone By 45”