Last week, our favorite SoCal brother duo Mating Ritual recently released their latest single “Falling Back”, an easy going track that . The accompanying music video – which was released at the same time – is this quirky, enjoyable gem of a video. Between shots singing in the dark, surrounded by smoke with colorful backlighting lies the open display of life as a driver (Uber, Lyft, a taxi, or what have you) and all of the monotonous, ridiculous, and entertaining moments that accompany it.
On Thursday, September 13th, Kansas-based Toughies and Southern California sweethearts Mating Ritual opened for Rooney at recordBar in Kansas City. We got a glimpse inside their sets, exclusively for you!
On Thursday, September 13th, Rooney took the stage at recordBar to start the second half of their “A Cosmic Interlude” tour. Last year, Schwartzman promised an eager crowd – they played recordBar for the first date of that tour as well – that they would continue to come back each year with new music. He seems to be holding up on that promise. In fact, on the 13th, he told the crowd he enjoyed starting things off in Kansas City, and wants to come back to recordBar next year to kick things off again. We would totally understand if his crazy schedule didn’t permit that – the man just got back from signing a distribution deal for his latest full-length feature, The Unicorn.
Rooney was joined by Toughies and Mating Ritual, both of whom will have photos up this week! Get a glimpse into Rooney’s headlining set below.
Still rolling off of the thunder coming from the reaction of their last single, Mating Ritual has just released the title track, “Light Myself on Fire” for their forthcoming full length album that will be released under the same name. Not only is this psychedelic single being adopted and adored by fans throughout the country, but it is a perfect complimentary follow-up to their last release in March, “U + Me Will Never Die.” Of course, along with all of the skills and aptitudes that they have showcased within all of their other tracks, this new release has a particular funk vibe that is sure to get listeners moving. While this song is exciting and has a killer beat, it also carries with is a story that is being told from the prospective of the performing dynamic duo. Within the lyrics, these two brothers tell the tale of working hard to ear a living, but at the same time produce their own out-of-the-box art.
Along with their new release, Mating Ritual will also be starting their spring tour on Thursday, which will also give them the opportunity to gather a larger fan following and explore even more opportunities for growth and expansion. With so much on the horizon, we are excited to see how this LA-based alt-rock outfit morphs and develops into their full capacity.
Distancing himself from other projects that seemed to tie him down has in turn freed Ryan Lawhon from self inflicting bondage. Since his creation of Mating Ritual – a solo project-turned-duo featuring his brother Taylor – that has just barely reached its year mark, Lawhon has found that his ability to create honest, textural songs has virtually exploded and he has started to experience success like he has never seen before. Speaking of his self discovery as a solo artist Lawhon writes, “…I have always put rules on my songwriting to preserve some (possibly false) sense of continuity with myself. For MatingRitual I let these hesitations dissolve and allowed the songs to go where they needed to…” Now that these binds have been broken, Lawhon’s newest release, “U + Me Will Never Die” has already started to see success among fans throughout the country.
Lyrically, the track speaks of the moment where the week day worried vanish and true personalities are let wild. Throughout the song the dreamy synth loops entice listeners to dig deep and let their funky fly. It is clear that without the bind of social norms and expectations,Mating Ritual will find success among the truth seekers and the lovers of carefree music.