Louisiana soul-rock band Seratones is just trying to get familiar on “Gotta Get To Know Ya," the lead single from their upcoming sophomore album Power, announced today (May 23) exclusively on Billboard.
The five-piece from Shreveport locks into a delectable groove on their first offering in three years that feels equally expansive and polished for the band. The song’s immediate fuzzy bass crunch and raucous, head-nodding drums prove that they can still hang in the captivating garage-rock fray of their 2016 debut Get Gone, but there is a new depth to their compositions led by frontwoman A.J. Haynes’ stronger command of the band’s platform. “Gotta Get To Know Ya” is the perfect example: a soul bop that sounds like an unrequited love overture that actually doubles as a salve for climate change and it’s encroaching effects.
“We’re all at once frightened and entranced by nature,” Haynes tells Billboard. “There’s a parallel with romance somewhere in there, I’m sure. This song encapsulates my ever-lingering anxiety about global warming and my electric need to dance in order to escape said existential doom.”
Fittingly, Haynes treats the titular refrain like a survival instinct, and the accompanying visual matches her desperation as her insular life is overrun by wild vegetation and both worlds blend into one.
“With the video, [director Danielle Calodney] and I were playing around with the idea of nature taking over our interior world, as if to reclaim its own,” Haynes reveals. “I also love the surrealist black comedy/horror of Little Shop of Horrors as well as David Lynch's Blue Velvet, so there’s definitely a nod to that aesthetic.”
Luckily for us, Haynes recognizes that when the end times are nigh, it’s best to go out dancing.
Power is produced by Cage the Elephant guitarist Brad Schultz and is set to arrive on Aug. 23 New West Records. Pre-orders are available here.
The band also announced North American tour dates for the summer, which can be found after the jump.
Check out the video for “Gotta Get To Know Ya” below.
Tour dates June 4 — Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads KC* June 7 — St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant* June 8 — Indianapolis, IN @ Indianapolis Symphony* Aug. 22 — Dallas, TX @ Three Links Aug. 23 — Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr. Aug. 24 — El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace Aug. 26 — Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar Aug. 27 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo Aug. 29 — San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord Aug.31 — McMinnville, OR @ Walnut City Music Festival Sept. 1 — Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar Sept. 3 — Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern Sept. 6 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry Sept. 7 — Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle Sept. 9 — Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel Sept. 10 — Montreal, QC @ Quai Des Brumes Sept. 12 — Allston, MA @ Great Scott Sept. 13 — Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right Sept. 14 — Washington, D.C. @ Pearl Street Warehouse Sept. 15 — Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Sept. 18 — Nashville, TN @ The High Watt Sept. 19 — Atlanta, GA @ The Earl Sept. 20 — Birmingham, AL @ The Nick Sept. 21 — New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks * Supporting Trombone Shorty