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.