The Repressions’ new song “To The Wilds” is the official entry for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest 2023! This contest features independent artists and is a splendid showcase of songwriting and desks! This is the fourth year The Repressions have entered, and all four customized tiny desks can be found in the video, if you look carefully.
To The Wilds is a song about humbly reconnecting with nature. Thank you for watching and remember to seek out the other artists in the contest, it is always full of talent!
Nate and Barbara celebrate the new year, five times now, with a new video of BRIGHT LIGHTS. This year features all electronic instrumentation, with live vocals, set to over 50 live performances of the song in 2022.
The Repressions were honored to be part of V.O.I.C.E. 4 Change this fall, an Art as Activism group in NYC organized by author and activist Vigilante Vegan. Follow them for more performances from artists of all kinds who defend animals!
Special thanks to Craig Seeman for filiming, find videos from V.O.I.C.E. 4 Change and more activism here: @seecraig
Soft magic for you today, Life Size Unicorn, live (with keys instead of glockenspiel.) Full video on YouTube today, find the official track on Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Bandcamp, and anywhere you stream or download music.
I Never Told You I Was Broken is not an easy song, nor an easy subject. In a culture of emotional repression, victim blaming, and lack of empathy, it can be extremely difficult to tell others that you have been abused, assaulted, traumatized, or suffer from mental illness. Even those with sympathy may treat you differently, or trust your competence less. It is a door that cannot be closed. Our self preservation instincts cause us to hide parts of ourselves that are in no way bad, but will be construed as bad, and give us permanent classification. These imposed negative labels may come to dominate other’s perceptions of us. While trauma can affect everything, it is not the whole of a person. Trying to overcome trauma while facing fear or judgement from others adds more mountains, and can be debilitating. Survivors may keep things private for very good reasons, but they may also internalize shame, even when they have done nothing wrong. You can tell the world and be judged, or tell no one and feel isolated; Are these the best we have for choices in a world where we know better?
This song is for anyone dealing with that pain, you are not alone.
Lift your head up, lift your head up, lift your head up, lift your head up now! It is about truly taking in all of the beauty in the moments and the world around you, and also about looking directly at the things in our world that need action and reform. Here is a live performance from The Repressions’ latest show at c’mon everybody in Brooklyn.