Boston buzz-band You Can Be a Wesley is pleased to debut the video for the latest single "Talking Science" from their upcoming EP Nightosphere – to be released this fall. Watch it now courtesy of One Thirty BPM.
Filmed last March in the snowy streets of Cambridge, the video chronicles the journey of a well-intentioned monster with an unfortunate talent. "My brother, a photographer in New York, had the idea to make a video of this monster wondering the city looking for us," said vocalist Saara Untracht-Oakner, "Everywhere the monster goes it causes someone to get unintentionally hurt, but the monster really only wants to love."
You Can Be A Wesley is a group of Bostonians that join a long legacy of sonic-barrier-breaking musicians, from The Pixies to The Modern Lovers, and they’ve been making well-crafted, cheerful-yet-grungy pop songs since their days in a BU dorm room. They’ve since graduated to the "Wesley House," which serves as both their home and their jam palace.
You Can Be A Wesley make classic indie rock-melodic, lyric driven songs with finely tuned layers of guitar, bass and drums-in the style of bands like Broken Social Scene and Deerhunter. Untracht-Oakner’s young, clear voice seems to slip seamlessly through the chords and beats. On "Talking Science," the melody modulates between meditative quiet and joyous chorus. The thing about You Can Be A Wesley’s songs isn’t one part on it’s own, but rather, the way the members work together.
"The great thing about living together," says Untracht-Oakner, "is that we all listen to the same records at the same time in our living room." This has given the band, which is comprised of Untracht-Oakner, Winston Macdonald, Nick Curran and Dylan Ramsey, a unique creative singularity, allowing them to hone in on their shared interests and build their songs around the effects.
It’s this comfort that surely lends the band’s songs their tenderness and their sense of freedom. This freedom has allowed You Can Be a Wesley to truly grow as a band and explore the boundaries of their various talents, something that is apparent on the record. "We hate each other, we love each other, we fart on each other," is how Untracht-Oakner puts it, and you can tell.