Tomorrow something special is being released onto the world. Deadly Avenger & Luke Insect’s WHEN HARO MET SALLY, an all-out neon 80s, electro-funk musical romance that tips its helmet to 80s BMX life, summer love, getting high, getting loose, and proving to the world you don’t need a degree to make something of yourself.
Here’s the official deets:
Del Mar Skate Park, California, Summer ’84. Blinding sun hits chrome sending rainbow prisms across hot asphalt. There’s a buzz in the air. Teenage dreams and dope smoke mix with the Pacific breeze. Boy meets Girl. Girl meets Boy. This summer’s never gonna end. Tricks are being pulled and moves are being made that these crowds have never seen. Even the wood-pushers are blown away. Seeds sewn a decade ago by Todd and Devin Banks on Overland Drive have come to fruition. Dominguez is up next, he’s 15, and hitting 6 feet of air. Then it’s Gonzalez. And Vanderspek. This is going down in history.
Except this isn’t the West Coast of America. And the sun’s not shining. These are the grey suburbs of Leicester and London. And our Bmx’s are shit.
WHEN HARO MET SALLY is the soundtrack to Deadly and Insect’s re-imagined youth, over one seemingly endless summer, when everything American seemed cool, teenage heartbreak was par for the course, and all we did from dawn ’til dusk was dream about girls and ride our bikes to the Pacific breeze.
Spanning early 80’s VHS soundtracks, teenage electro, heartbreak synths and Italo Disco, WHEN HARO MET SALLY will transport you back to that endless sun-baked teenage summer… that none of us ever had.
A D.A.L.I Production
I was a pre-teen in the early 80s and rode a faux BMX(a red Huffy) on homemade jumps and hills my buddy and I dug out of the Midwest ground in the woods behind my house. I was not a good rider, but I aspired to be good on that bike. Instead, I mostly just racked myself and split my chin on my handlebars. Still, bloodied and bruised, I rode that bike and loved every minute of it.
Deadly Avenger and Luke Insect seem to hold BMX in high regards as well, as they’ve built an imagined soundtrack around a romanticized ideal of the So Cal punk. Not one with a bass guitar, spiked hair, and “Anarchy” scratched into their skin, but one riding a silver stallion; jumping eye-dropping hills and doing crookeds and can-cans till the sun would sink into the Pacific.
WHEN HARO MET SALLY goes on sale tomorrow at Burning Witches Records site, and at their Bandcamp page. Totally awesome limited edition cassette, most excellent colored vinyl, and of course digital for you Max Headroom dudes and dudettes. You wanna act fast on this, Broseph. Bunnyhop that Mongoose from Camp Woodward to Camp Burning Witches early and snag this gnarly ode to sunburns and roadburns.
Head over the Vehlinggo to hear the cut “Sunset On Overland Drive”.