Sometimes you just need to cut straight to the heart of the matter, and that’s exactly what Matt Jaffe & The Distractions do on single “Holding On” off of their latest EP, Blast Off.
The instantly catchy pop-rock tune harkens back to a golden era of earnest romanticism in the 80s. With Jaffe at the helm, the band works up “Holding On” to a structural level that fans of Costello, Petty or Springsteen could immediately appreciate.
Now, Speak Into My Good Eye is happy to host the exclusive premiere of the video for “Holding On.” Shot ultra DIY on the Medusa coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, “Holding On” features Jaffe doing exactly that. How those sunglasses don’t go flying off of his face or the camera sent hurtling towards certain doom I have no idea.
“With ‘Holding On,’ I was just trying to write a clear-eyed love song,” shares Jaffe. “A lot of my favorite bands shy away from straightforward relationship stuff, but even The Clash have ‘Train In Vain,” even Talking Heads have ‘This Must Be The Place.’ I think I’ve gotten in the habit of trying to work a twist or innuendo into the lyrics, so this song was my attempt to abandon wordplay and let the feeling do the talking.
As for the video, we wanted to do something fun with rich imagery so we went uber-literal with holding on to the rollercoaster. We got four takes of me singing along to the song on the ride before being threatened with expulsion from the park. I thought one take was going to make me queasy, but I guess my commitment to the song steeled my stomach.”
Watch Matt Jaffe & The Distractions‘ video for “Holding On” below and look for the track on an upcoming full-length debut album later this year.