Get a Quick Pick-Me-Up From The Demos New Single, “If You Only Knew”

by | Jul 16, 2018 | POP & TOP 40

The latest extended play from The Demos, “If You Only Knew,” gives you the dreary Monday morning pick-me-up you didn’t know you needed.

With a 60s-inspired musical bounce and aesthetic, their newest indie power pop piece by the same name feels nostalgic, but the type of nostalgic that a 20-something-year-old would feel–someone who didn’t actually live through the era but wished they did. The melody is cheerful and fun, heavy on poppy guitar arrangements, sunny harmonies, and light on the heart, but the lyrics deliver a subtle, tender soreness.

The five-person band is led by singer Jason “Jay” Milton and Callan “Cal” Saunders, who have been making music together since high school. Now nearly 15 years later, after experiencing some fame in Japan and four releases, they’re bringing their dreamy, indie pop to The Broadberry with fellow Rochester resident Dan Armbruster, founder of the band Joywave. Armbruster collaborated with The Demos for their four-song EP. Joywave focuses on alternative pop and adds a hip-hop essence to the release.

Collaborating with Joywave is nothing new, as Milton and Saunders have played music with the members of Joyway since high school, as well. Both groups come out of Rochester and hope to give groups from their hometown more recognition.

“We’ve been in bands with those guys and playing with those guys since we were teenagers,” Milton said in an interview with Campus Times. “They’re making an effort to take Rochester bands out with them on tour whenever they can, and they’re always talking up the city in general. It’s awesome to have a band from our town at a national level and talking about our little city and what’s going on it.”

You can see both bands at The Broadberry tomorrow, Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m.

Madelyne Ashworth

Madelyne Ashworth

Madelyne is a Richmond native and staff writer at RVA Magazine, primarily covering politics and white nationalism in Virginia. She spent the past four years working and living in D.C., earning her B.A. in journalism and running to the White House every time the President sneezed. Follow her on Twitter at @madelyne_ash.




more in music

Sound Check: Fighting Gravity, DIIV, Oddisee, and Upchuck

It is a fantastic week to get lost in music. The docket for this week is looking like nothing but refreshing and fulfilling tunes, absolutely what I need to combat the mood this ungodly and violent heat has presented to our pacifist city. With this lineup there is a...

Chandler, Los Malcriados, & Flight Club: Sound Check

Hello RVA! This weekend the city is going to be popped and packing with some big bills with bigger acts. It is prime time to see the incredibly diverse talent the city is currently providing, along with some exciting out of town acts thrown into the mix. My name is...

Photos From the Strawberry Moon Show at The Camel

Photographer Benjamin Lahoussine captured a killer set by powerhouse shredder punks Strawberry Moon the other weekend at The Camel. Known for their high-energy performances and raw, unapologetic sound, Strawberry Moon delivered. Here are the photos for those that...

Sam Barber, Grails & Burns Burly west: Sound Check

A wild and varied week it will be, with concert goers having to pick their sound of choice this weekend. Down on the Friday Cheers stage comes a rotation of country and folk artists headlined by the increasingly popular sound of Sam Barber, backed up by Jake Kohn and...

3 Bands, 3 Words: Ratfight, Psyop & Cardiel at Cobra Cabana

The night is started off by one of Richmond's newest and proudest quadruplets, Ratfight. I ask the tattooed and mustachioed singer Colter Smalley for a word on their performance. "Fuck," he gives me simply. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWR6-Tgj-YI The group rings...

Photos from the Baroness & Ruby the Hatchet Show

Over the weekend, The Broadberry in Richmond was electrified by powerful performances from Baroness along with Ruby The Hatchet and Final Gasp. The bands delivered a night of heavy rock, leaving the crowd energized and buzzing. Here are the photos for those that...