Watch Early Riser cross off an eccentric bucket list in the video for debut single "The Nevers" - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
Early Riser | photo by Andrew Bisdale | courtesy of the artist

Brooklyn folk pop duo Early Riser write upbeat songs for downtrodden people–just listen to their debut single “The Nevers.” Combining acoustic guitar, cello, and piano in a simple yet effective arrangement, Kiri Oliver and Heidi Vanderlee have crafted a touching ode to perserverance that has a very high probability of putting a smile on your face.

If you’ve been in a bit of a slump lately, let “The Nevers” be the reminder that it’s worth it to keep going. Things may not be going your way right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to life’s little victories like finally getting your driver’s license or a tattoo behind your ear. The track has a similarly uplifiting video (featuring cameos from Chris Gethard and Jeff Rosenstock), where the duo crosses off a collective bucket list that features everything from “save a life” to “boop a celebrity’s nose.” As they in the track’s final refrain, “It’s okay to go out with a whimper as long as you come back in with a bang.”

Though the duo is based in Brooklyn, they have local ties, recording in Throndale’s Noisy Little Critter Studio with Joel Tannenbaum (Plow United, The Rentiers, Ex-Friends, and more) and Mike Bardzik (Spraynard, Mischief Brew, The Sundials). If you want to catch Early Riser live, they’ll play The Pharmacy on April 12th. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar.

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