Robert Moscato-Goodpaster


Political rock band SeepeopleS to play at Be Here Now

Originally appeared on the Ball State Daily News website

Political commentary meets rock and electronic music with SeepeopleS, a rock music group that will take to the stage at Be Here Now tonight. 

SeepeopleS is made up of four members, Will Bradford on vocals and guitar, Ian Riley on bass and vocals, Dan Capaldi on drums and vocals and Fred Copeman on keyboard and vocals. 

The show will start at 8 p.m. tonight.

With the goal of bridging musical worlds since forming in 2000, the band has released five albums. Each member in the band comes from diverse musical backgrounds, making them able to evolve their sound and style throughout the years.

Growing up, Bradford said he listened to the Beatles, as well various genres such as classic rock and rock ‘n roll, but he has a special passion for electronic dance, which are all styles and sounds he incorporates in the group’s music.

The band has recently received a lot of buzz for their newly released song, “The New American Dream. “The song takes aim at the current political state in the U.S.

The song was written during the time of the Bush administration but was just released on April 1; however, the song translates to 2017 just as well. 

The song’s music video depicts images of all the world’s leaders, both former and current. While it doesn’t focus mainly on Donald Trump, Bradford found he was interested in telling this story in his music because his mother is an immigrant, and being half Thai himself, he felt a need to speak out — or in this, case sing out — in response to certain elements of Trump’s presidency.

“The message of the video is more to do with a culture that worships power and what it means to be powerful, and what it means to control things,” Bradford said.

Although one of the band’s songs address current issues in the world that some may find controversial, that doesn’t stop the group or its audience from having a good time. The performances are very dance oriented and inclusive and audiences are encouraged to sing along and let loose. SeepeopleS’ songbook is diverse in style, sound and meaning, and as a result, there is something everyone can enjoy.

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