The High Plain Drifters, a genre-bending band with influences ranging from classic rock to country, have released the new music video for their catchy debut single titled “Virginia.” In the video, actor Victor Verhaeghe (from Boardwalk Empire and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) plays a NYC preacher that’s desperately prancing through the city streets in search of his lost love. Directed by Gabriel Barreto, it reflects the band’s fearlessness and their feel-good approach to music.
Throughout track, front-man Larry Studnicky reminisces over an old flame as he toys with the idea of finding her again. “My buddies and I would sometimes be lucky enough to meet a fantastic girl, but then we’d manage to screw it up, leaving us wondering ‘what if’”, explains Studnicky. The song’s lyrics paint a vivid image of nostalgia and regret that contrasts the cheerful nature of its instrumentals, which are reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel’s glory days. The single is part of the band’s new self-titled concept-album, which takes listeners on a simulated road-trip as they discover different music genres on the ‘car radio’.
In addition to lead-singer Larry Studnicky, the band also features the collaboration of Charles Czarnecki, John Macom and Mike DoCampo, all multi-talented producers, instrumentalists, and backup singers. Prior to forming a band, all members worked with an impressive roster of artists including Pete Townsend, Roger Taylor of Queen, Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, and Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees. The members eventually found their way to each other and became committed to fabricating sonic happiness.