Sounds Like: Aswooning, synthy, circa 1982 night drive between neon trees.
For Fans Of: Ultravox, Yaz, Chromatics
Why You Should Pay Attention: That's the duo anchoring College's "A Real Hero" from the Drive soundtrack – pretty much the greatest closing credits song in modern memory. A pair of synth-loving Eighties babies who've been IRL sweethearts since the eighth grade, Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin make the type of euphoric, wistful pop that's more reverent than retro-schtick. For their upcoming debut, Innerworld, they actually worked with Yaz's Vince Clarke and play the iconic Yamaha CS80. "It's probably the most expressive synthesizer ever built," says Garrick. "People know it best as the synthesizer Vangelis used to create the Blade Runner soundtrack, but texture-wise it works wonders for modern productions." Sure, they understand the past, but they don't want to be doomed to repeat it. "Our interest in the pursuit of [the] timeless is not about nostalgia, it's about longevity," says Garrick. "The thought of recreating the past with music is not interesting to us, it's probably been the biggest misconception of our music and what we're about thus far. The reality is, we're much more interested in creating things for the future than things from the past. We are nostalgic people, not in the sense that we long for a different time, because we love the present, but how could we not be reminded of the past when every day, we see the person we had a crush on since 7th grade?"
They Say: "'A Real Hero' in Drive was the first time our music had been seen and heard in it's intended context, meaning that we're always film inspired and our music is very cinematically driven. That's been the intent since before Drive," says Garrick. "I think maybe the weirdest thing [since the song exploded], is some of the covers people do. Like there's hundreds of covers of 'A Real Hero' online, from people on YouTube to bands we know. Even last week I was buying something at a music store in Toronto and the guy that helped me at the counter told me he wanted to send us a video of a cover of 'A Real Hero' he just did with his live hip-hop band dressed as monks."
Hear For Yourself: Their latest single, "Innocence" is warm synth-pop that wonders about the titular state, "Where have you gone?"