Quinton Brock – “To The Moon”

Quinton Brock is a Buffalo native releasing music out of Brooklyn. Like his pal Bartees Strange, a recent Artist To Watch, he blurs the boundaries of indie rock in fascinating ways, ending up with music that feels like a genre unto itself. Or at least that’s the case with “To The Moon,” Brock’s new single out this week.

Brock wrote “To The Moon” after his best friend died, and then his dog died, and then his long-term girlfriend broke up with him and moved out. He responded by attempting to write a “hard rock song as a joke to cheer myself up.” I don’t know if it worked, but the resulting track is lifting my spirits, at least. It begins with an attention-grabbing tom-heavy drumbeat. Then come the dreamy distorted guitars, then Brock’s smooth yet impassioned vocals: “You called me a dog, and I was astounded/ Until the night I was on the town and/ And then I knew your accusations were all true!” Eventually there’s a rad guitar solo too.

Brock and Shauna Presto directed a video for “To The Moon” that makes hanging out in a parking lot with your friends seem like an exceptional way to pass the time. Watch below.

“To The Moon” is out now on Shadow Panther.