“Never Goodbye” is an incredibly charming track by Those Pretty Wrongs, the new duo pairing Big Star drummer Jody Stephens with Freewheelers leader Luther Russell. Stephens is out front for the first time in this band, handling lead vocals and co-writing every song with Russell. The result in this case is a loose, playful guitar-pop tune with shades of melancholy. Even if Stephens wasn’t the voice behind Big Star’s classic ’70s albums, this music captures many of the same feelings as those records — perhaps because Those Pretty Wrongs recorded it at Ardent in Memphis on much of the same gear Big Star used.
New York musician Luke Rathborne has directed a video for “Never Goodbye,” just in time for Those Pretty Wrongs’ show tonight in LA at The Echo. The clip matches the music’s sighing jangle with studio footage and Super 8 home movies, compounding the music’s tender, homespun quality. Watch it below, where you can also check out Those Pretty Wrongs’ upcoming tour dates.
04/22 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
05/01 Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
05/02 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
07/08 Portland, OR @ Secret Society
07/09 Seattle, WA @ Summer Stag Party @ Slim’s Last Chance
Those Pretty Wrongs is out 5/13 on Ardent/Burger. Pre-order it here.