Music

Premiere: Streets of Laredo Goes Folk-Pop on Dreamy Single, ‘Silly Bones’

Music

Premiere: Streets of Laredo Goes Folk-Pop on Dreamy Single, ‘Silly Bones’

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Photography: Jessie Sara English

When brothers Dave and Dan Gibson moved to Brooklyn from New Zealand 4 years ago, they’d only played one show. And instead of washing out like the millions of hopefuls who move to New York from wherever, hoping to start a band, Streets of Laredo has successfully found their groove.

Part electro-pop, part psychedelic-folk, the now six-piece group, named after the haunting Johnny Cash ballad, is gearing up to release their sophomore album, Wild, this October. Their debut single, “Silly Bones,” is a dreamy mix of traditional folk and contemporary pop—think Edward Sharpe and a little ELO on “Mr. Blue Sky.”

“Underneath all the trappings of modern life, behind all the ambition, stress, scheming, plans, change of plans, the L train closing down, and the weekend sales events—underneath all this is just a bunch of bones with a very short expiration date,” the band says. “Sometimes it pays to remember—although this could sound morbid—it’s actually a celebration of life, love and consciousness. We wanted a song to sound like that.”

Listen to the BULLETT premiere of “Silly Bones,” below.