Folkicana duo The Contenders released their debut full-length, Laughing With The Reckless on November 3rd via Rock Ridge Music. The pair traveled the world in support of the album, the follow-up to their 2014 EP, Meet The Contenders, which explores the perseverance of hope in dark times along with the powerful connection of music, old friends, and loved ones.
The pair recently recorded a series of live performances as a part of the Cellar Sessions series at City Winery in New York, the only venue that has its own ongoing music series, which has been run by Ehud Lazin for the last four years. Today, The Contenders unveil “Back In Time,” the first of three performances that will be premiered here at Mother Church Pew.
“Vaguely speaking, this song is about the disconnect perpetrated by the advancement of technology,” explains band member Jay Nash of “Back In Time.” “That’s not to say that we are totally anti-technology… we’re not. However, it’s been interesting to see how social media and smartphones, two advancements that are intended to better connect people, have actually ended up allowing folks to retreat from basic daily human interactions. The chorus is also a reference to the fact that, at times, it seems like audiences are less connected, in general, to the music and musicians that they follow,” he continues. “Sure, folks are still listening to music, and buying it and streaming it. But it’s more of a casual thing. Forty years ago, the norm was to purchase the vinyl album and then listen to it with intent focus, while poring over the liner notes. Nowadays, folks tend to stream once or twice when something new comes out and then move on,” Nash adds. “We remain hopeful that this disconnect is a passing fad and that human connection isn’t on its way out.”
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Back In Time” by The Contenders: