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Air Bag One – “You’ve Got Somethin'” + “Killing Stars”

I talk a lot about new bands here on The Burning Ear but anyone who follows my Instagram knows that I see almost as many live shows. But I rarely talk about those because the truth is that most new bands aren’t great yet. There is work to be done, hours to put in, self consciousness to defeat, etc. And then there is Air Bag One. Remember March’s “1992”? That jam is so damn catchy and poppy that the chances this brand new band could pull it off live were slim. Well I’ve seen these guys play live twice now this week and they do more than pull it off. Last night’s Popshop show at The Echoplex was a master class in how to be an opening band: an engaging stage presence, tons of energy, and a genuine appreciation for the people who showed up early. Not only did Air Bag One play their biggest hit “1992” in the first couple songs, they closed out with 2 or 3 brand new songs nobody had heard before. A ballsy decision backed up with the skill and song-craft to pull it off.

So now, please stop reading my blathering and get caught up on Air Bag One. These Parisians are playing a few more shows in the States (NYC, SF, etc) so keep an eye out and catch them live.

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AIR BAG ONE – “Â¥ 1992 Â¥”

Sounds like… I’m a kid again! Singing along with indie pop anthems worthy of fist pumps and air synths.

Location: Paris via Cameroon

Future: This is Air Bag One’s debut track and only has a few thousand listens but I feel like all that will change soon. If their live show matches this energy then their upcoming shows at SXSW will be good to them (and us). “1992” from the forthcoming LP Â¥ Rich Kids Â¥.