Band of the Year – “Money Talks”

Photo Credit: Lucja Wroblewska

Lamenting the prevalence of greed amongst the 1%, while propelled by a fun throwback punk-friendly rock sound, “Money Talks” is a winning new single from London-based act Band of the Year. “We got some money to make, you can’t buy happiness, keep trying, but there’s no escape,” the vocals let out amidst pulsing guitars. “What would Elon Musk do? Build a spaceship to get away from me and you.” These amusing, punchy lyrics are accompanied by an enjoyably passionate vocal delivery, with the “la-la,” vocal addition furthering additional hints of ’90s Brit-pop nostalgia.

“Maybe I’ll sell my soul,” the vocals wonder out loud during a catching bridge, culminating in another satiating title-referencing refrain. “Money Talks” is a hooky, poignant offering from Band of the Year, comprising Lewis George (lead vocals, guitar, bass) and Ben K Adams (lead vocals, guitar). The track is a part of their second EP, focusing “on the economic and environmental damage caused by the 1%.”

They elaborate further:

“People around the world are making the decision whether to heat their home or eat, whilst the people with the capital to fix it are busy buying social media behemoths and literally going to space on holiday! That. Is. Insane.

We’re not saying that this song will change any of that, but we have to highlight the issue (and make some people dance for 3 minutes). The main aim here is to get a reaction video from Bezos or Musk when they hear this tune. Let’s make it happen people!

Band of the Year has been a really cathartic project for the two of us. If “Money Talks” had a dating profile it’d describe itself as funny, dark, memorable, and just generally pretty weird. We love it and we hope you do too!”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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