Exclusive video premiere: “Needle Down” by Streetlight Circus
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New York City rockers Streetlight Circus have returned with the band’s third album. Today AXS releases the exclusive video premiere of title track, Needle Down. This new collection of songs from Streetlight Circus continues their tradition of in-your-face hard rock n’ roll and mixing an old school vibe with an updated take on songwriting. The album Needle Down (purchase here) is jammed full of high-energy rock songs and highlight the Streetlight Circus’ penchant for solid musicianship, soaring melodic vocals and memorable hooks.

AXS had the chance to chat with lead singer David Shaw about Needle Down, “The concept for the song and album title Needle Down came from the idea that there is no greater high than the one you get from music, or at least there shouldn't be. So the word play in the song lyrics suggests that it would be best to put the drug needle down and instead put a needle down on a record. Let music be the drug that you escape with. There's a line that asks if your ‘ear is to the black’ as in vinyl or ‘are you deep in the white’ meaning cocaine or whatever drug.” “So we filmed the video for the song that features a party in a record store. People dancing, singing, partying, or being silly and getting high on rock and roll,” he said of the video premiered above.

Shaw continued, “Despite people downloading music these days and vinyl being more of a niche thing, the hope is that the sentiment is not lost on the listener. As the song says, ‘When you feel the coming of another fit, go spin a disc and put the needle down.’ Music just makes it all better.”

The band's quickly-growing fan base has seen Streetlight Circus share bills with major heavy-hitting acts including Halestorm, Twisted Sister, Sixx: AM, Anthrax, Megadeth, Buckcherry, Faster Pussycat, A Day to Remember, Five Finger Death Punch, Queensryche, Ghost, Shinedown, Tom Keifer, Bret Michaels, Avatar, The Doobie Brothers, Billy Squier and Kix. Streetlight Circus never fail to deliver a high voltage live show. Follow Streetlight Circus on Facebook for all upcoming tour information.