Video Premiere: A Fragile Tomorrow, “Kernersville”

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Ever wonder what Hootie & the Blowfish, the Bangles, and Antigone Rising think about A Fragile Tomorrow? The new music video for “Kernersville” has all the answers.

Premiering today at American Songwriter, “Kernersville” is a power-pop anthem about heartbreak, set to a soundtrack of jangling guitars and female harmonies. It’s also the first single from Be Nice Be Careful, A Fragile Tomorrow’s fourth album. Produced by Mitch Easter (the man behind R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe”) and Ted Comerford, Be Nice Be Careful is due out in January. In the meantime, fans of Big Star and Teenage Fanclub can sink their teeth into this three-minute appetizer.

“‘Kernersville’ was probably my favorite song to record on this new record,” says AFT vocalist/drummer Dom Kelly. “There’s something really upbeat and energetic to it, but yet everyone can relate to the lyrics on that deeper level. When Sean wrote the song and brought it to us, we knew right away that we wanted to have Vicki/Debbi Peterson of The Bangles and Susan Cowsill sing on it. There was something so right about it. Mitch Easter, who produced the record, wound up doing the guitar solo at the end, and it all came to place.”

“When it came time pick the lead single, we knew this had to be it,” Kelly adds. “The vision we had for the video was a sort of a Spinal Tap insanity with the fun and goofiness of the classic Beatles movies. We wanted to poke fun at ourselves as a band, as well as those gigs where you’re playing a smoky bar with 6 people watching, including your normal crazy drunk lady that dances all night, the creeper hitting on the bartender, the guy passed out at the bar, and of course, your embarrassing overexcited family member or friend — in this case, our mother.”

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