Petty Party

FRESH: ‘Ghosts and Zombies’ – Petty Party

Petty Party deal with “Ghosts and Zombies”

“Ghosts and Zombies” is the final song from US duo Petty party and is the title track of their sophomore album of the same name. It’s a song about the aftermath of a relationship that doesn’t seem to be over. The pop-rhythmic duo Petty Party is comprised of singer/songwriter Bruna Victoria and songwriter/producer/engineer Michael Leto. Named in reference to the personal and emotionally charged nature of their musical concepts, the two combine their respective musical backgrounds and life experiences to create a unique yet universal sound and feel.

The California-raised musicians are pushing the limits and boundaries of modern popular music. Their desire to look beyond the mainstream inspires surprising chord progressions, driving swung drums, and odd (sometimes hilarious) vocal samples. As friends who built a creative partnership, Michael and Bruna call upon their past personal relationships, as well as each one’s personal views on life experiences in their songwriting. Petty Party has combined their individual and shared experiences and creativity for their freshman EP “Suicide Note”, which outlined their struggles with depression, suicide, toxic relationships, and self-worth. The EP is dark and telling but yet speaks to Gen Z directly.

Soon after, they collaborated on their single “Back To Me”, Working with fellow students at Point Loma Nazarene University shot a very emotional rendition of the song to video and eventually took third place out of 1500+ submissions in a nation collegiate music video competition for the video of the very powerful song. Additionally, Petty Party released “Cotton Candy Sky” in the spring of 2019, the song alludes to lyrical anecdotes of their first album and is filled with biblical references and allusions to suicidal tendencies, which juxtapose the upbeat music. Today Petty Party’s collaborations culminate in their sophomore EP chock-full of allegorical references, unexpected instrumentation, and coming-of-age angst. As they prepare to graduate from university, Petty Party reflect on their fears regarding growing up, contemplations on pop culture and technology, and the experiences that led them to life experiences that are continually eluded to in the joint efforts of every song they create.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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