Deer Scout enters their blue period in the dreamlike "Sad Boy" video - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
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Dena Miller’s local project, Deer Scout, released a video for their song “Sad Boy” — and like the rest of Deer Scout’s small but mighty catalogue, this tune completely captivates from the first honest lyric to the last.

Opening with a shot of Miller painting on electric blue lipstick, the song hazily jumps in with a floaty guitar and Miller’s amazingly clear, light vocals. Beginning with the line, “Mom and Dad, don’t worry / somebody will want me,” Miller’s saccharine voice mixes with the melancholy mood to create a bittersweet and earnest tone. Steadily infusing synth-y, electro pop elements, along with shifting visual backdrops of a neon arcade, the contrast between the lyrics and music is highlighted even further.

Talking with The Le Sigh, Miller discusses how the song’s namesake and chorus riffs on the predominantly male indie scene; where “sad boys” are largely praised for their vulnerability, while female/trans/non-binary musicians are often overlooked for their honesty and openness because these are perceived as normative feminine qualities. “Sad Boy” gives due credit to these women — serving as a quiet yet powerful anthem for all the brave songwriters out there.

Watch the video for the song below, read Miller’s interview here and check out Deer Scout’s summer tour dates with Francie Cool below.

Tour dates w/ Francie Cool:
June 24th Philadelphia @ All Night Diner
June 25th BK @ Silent Barn
June 26thth New Haven @ Bloomfield Village Pizza
June 27th Boston
June 28th Brattleboro @ Brattleboro Printmakers
June 29th Western Mass @ Flywheel Collective
June 30th Brooklyn @ Carl Sage Inn
July 5th DC @ Comet Pig Pong
July 6th Richmond @ Gallery 5
July 7th Baltimore @ Baltimore Free Farm
July 9th Philadelphia @ Philamoca

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