Jukebox County keep spirits up with their funky new single and video Put Me Down — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Featuring a raw fusion of indie rock, funk and hip-hop garnished with sprinkles of country, the song is a fresh cut from the Kingston, Ont., outfit’s recent debut album Inner Space/Outer Space. “Put Me Down speaks to oppression and power dynamics, and how music and art can be a gateway to create connection and compassion between people,” frontman Rich Tyo shares. “It calls out people who try to bring others down for their own benefit or for their own ego and personal gain.”
A lot of JukeBox County’s music focuses on acceptance and banding together, and Put Me Down is no different. “This song encourages people to use their privilege to make positive changes to racial, gender, economic, and political systems of oppression,” Tyo explains. “It’s about the inspiration that comes with the flow of creatively engaging with life with an open heart while allowing others to seek their truth as well.”
Fittingly, Put Me Down proves Tyo has a fantastic ear for assembling an all-star roster of musicians; Inner Space/Outer Space features Hugh Christopher Brown on keys, Pete Bowers on drums, Rocky Roberts on electric guitar, Sarah McDermott on background vocals, Teilhard Frost on percussion, and Jason Mercer on bass. Drawing inspiration from artists like Neil Young, Nick Drake and The Grateful Dead, JukeBox County create an entirely human and excitingly unique listening experience for the group’s growing fanbase.