April 6, 2017

Premiere: Joey Nebulous - "Cher"

Joey Nebulous turns to the higher power of Cher on their new track.

Ohio-based queer pop band Joey Nebulous will have you bopping your head whether you’re walking a dog, sitting in bed crying, or sloshing through the rain. The band’s latest single “Cher” is a sparkly, bouncing anthem from their upcoming album Joey loves you ok?? coming out later this month via Sleeper Records. The beat-driven “Cher” contains sugar-coated musings that can turn a little sour. If you were to text this bandcamp link to a friend, the most appropriate emoji pairing might be a lollipop or a crystal ball. It begins with a few simple keys, but as soon as Farago's voice cuts in, the songs blooms into something much larger. He sings, “How do I believe in you / When you never show me how to,” as steady drum loops linger over soft warbles of synth. Farago captures the feelings in a relationship that are harder to confront, like how to maintain trust and rely on someone in times of need.

Farago proves that you can make music that's sweet without being saccharine, that's both emotionally vulnerable and empowering. He writes with a dose of playfulness and humor, while looking to pop icon Cher for life advice. He sings, “Cher believes in me when I just can’t get better now.” His words dive into each emotion and fully transform themselves into lively, infectious pop songs. Farago's uplifting tracks will warm your heart and lift your spirits, pulling you into a disco chamber you won’t want to leave.

Joey Farago on "Cher":

With the first cohesive thing I get to release under Joey Nebulous, I wanted to share the sentiments that been consistent part of my music throughout. I always talk about how the music seems like little teenage gay diary entries, since I never really had opportunities grow up up to express the desire and complications of having stupid crushes or being attracted to certain celebrities. Recording these seven songs in my bedroom, I thought about different queerness manifest from internal, private spaces to publishing gay songs about loving John Slattery or seeing Dumbledore as a queer icon and how scary that us for me no matter how ridiculous the content is. Being queer and writing unabashedly have been constantly contentious for me, especially when taking openly about gay stuff is super delegitimized. I hope this can be something for queer people to energize us and support this notion that even the smallest, irrelevant stories about gayness are important and deserve attention.”


Listen to Joey Nebulous on bandcamp.

Abbie Jones, who will sing along to every Liz Phair song at karaoke by heart and is always down to get milkshakes past midnight. When she isn't writing about music, she is playing drums in her band or hosting shows in her backyard.