Carbellion drop new “Pity the Backseat” music video & single


American heavy stoner-rock band Carbellion just revealed a new music video for their latest single “Pity the Backseat“. This is the third music video & single taken from their upcoming LP album Weapons of Choice which will be released on March 17, 2023 via Eclipse Records. The video was directed by Joel Nilsson. The album was produced by Carbellion and Chris Djuricic (Nonpoint, Soil, Novembers Doom) and mastered by Andy VanDette (Beastie Boys, Porcupine Tree, Rush). Stream the single on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Tidal, Deezer, and Amazon Music and watch the music video via YouTube below:

“Pity the Back Seat is my love letter to S.E. (Susan Eloise) Hinton’s novel The Outsiders published in 1967, as well as the subsequent motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola released in 1983″ says drummer Brent Nimz. “The lyrics are based on bits of dialogue from the screenplay and movie. I read this novel in the 7th grade around age 12 and after watched the movie. The story affected me on a personal level like no other novel or movie had before. I found myself connecting with the characters as if they were kids from my own neighborhood. The story about the rich kids (Socials or “Socs”) from one side of the tracks and the poor kids (Greasers) from the other side finding unity over shared hardships and events are the common threads that connect with readers for generations. I set out to write a song that I believe all of us Greasers can stand behind.  Fans of the novel and movie, this song was written for you. It’s a simple rock ‘n roll song with a lot of heart.” Brent continues, “The live footage in the music video for “Pity the Back Seat” was shot in our rehearsal room where all the songs on the ‘Weapons of Choice’ album were written, while the street scenes in the music video were shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma where The Outsiders movie was actually filmed. The video includes footage of all the major locations used in the movie: the Circle Cinema which appeared as the movie house Ponyboy Curtis visits at the beginning of the film, the DX station where Sodapop Curtis and Steve worked, and exterior shots of the Curtis brothers’ house, which is now The Outsiders House Museum. The Admiral Twin drive-in theater, also shown in the music video, was where Cherry Vallance, a Soc, famously throws her soda in Greaser Dally’s face after inappropriate comments about the color of her hair.  The title of the song “Pity the Back Seat” was pulled from the drive-in scene where Two-Bit breaks a bottle on a chain link fence, pitches it to Ponyboy and then pulls out his switchblade in response to a couple loud-mouthed Socs scolding Cherry for walking with a few Greasers.” 

Weapons of Choice by CarbellionCarbellion’s new album entitled Weapons of Choice Is the band’s third full-length album pulls from nearly twenty years of experience and lessons learned by fire to deliver the group’s most compelling release to date. The ten-song collection brings together the band’s strongest and most cohesive material, though its inception was rather unusual. Lyrically, the album finds Carbellion working to engage its audience. “I want to make people think,Cameron Kellenberger states. “We’ve never been great at writing straightforward songs. Translating the thoughts and ideas in my head is a complicated process, but an exciting one. These songs are definitely fun and we write them with the intention of making people have a good time, especially with the live show, but this record more than any other also aims to make people think. Don’t take everything at face value. Nothing in this life is black and white. The truth is almost always somewhere in the middle.” “We started the record before COVID,” says Kellenberger. “The pandemic made us stop temporarily, but we found a way to work together digitally during that time. That allowed us to write the record, which we took to the studio as material was finished, so some songs were recorded two years before others, but it was a constant creation process”. With the now album complete, Carbellion is taking stock of its place in the rock ecosystem. After nearly two decades and half a dozen releases, the Wisconsin bad boys feel they are just now hitting their stride.

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Carbellion discography
Weapons of Choice (LP) – 2023
The Horse (LP) – 2009
Villains (LP) – 2006

Carbellion lineup
Brandon Bauer (guitar), Cameron Kellenberger (vocals), Brent Nimz (drums), Jamie Damrow (lead guitar), Steve Sheppard (bass guitar)


Photo: Sara Hays


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