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New Sincere Engineer: Fireplace

Video: Sincere Engineer – “Fireplace”

Single out now on Hopeless.

It’s funny that Deanna Belos doesn’t try to keep a straight face while singing about how she “wouldn’t even help if you were stuck in some guy’s basement and he was getting ready to chop you up.” And why should she? It’s hilarious.

Belos says, “I took some lyrical risks with this one but I’m super stoked on it and think it’s really catchy. To me, it’s like the ‘Corn Dog Sonnet No. 7‘ of this record!” Which suggests this isn’t just a standalone single, but the first preview of an upcoming album. Can’t wait!

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New Sincere Engineer: Coming In Last

Video: Sincere Engineer – “Coming In Last”

From Bless My Psyche, out September 10 on Hopeless.

This is the sixth single released ahead of Bless My Psyche‘s September 10 release. That’s out of eleven songs on the album! Can we expect a video for every song? I hope so!

“Coming In Last” uses shitty Chicago traffic as a metaphor for feeling like you’re not getting anywhere in life.

Will I ever get there?
How the hell did I make it this far?
I never know where I’m going
but I got a million miles on my car.

Sincere Engineer is going out on tour with a bunch of bands I don’t care about, but hopefully they’ll do a headlining club tour soon and hit up some tertiary markets. I’d love to see them at the Pyramid Scheme.

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New Sincere Engineer: Recluse In The Making

Video: Sincere Engineer – “Recluse In The Making”

From Bless My Psyche, out September 10 on Hopeless.

I tend to hate animated videos. Just seems like the musicians couldn’t be bothered to show up and participate. I know that’s not always the case. Sincere Engineer’s Deanna Belos made this one herself.

“This was one of the music video ideas that I thought of during the year of the pandemic that I could execute by myself. I played The Sims a bunch as a kid. I had to stop when I got older and felt a weird sadness about it–spending my real life playing a game that is a computer simulation of my life. It’s still fun, though. I let myself play it guilt-free to make this video, because I could call it work, ha ha!”

It features a Sims-y Deanna Belos hanging out in her Sims-y apartment being sad, meeting up with her Sims-y band, and then going out and dancing the Macarena at a Sims-y club. What more could you want in a music video? Not much.

To this taxi driver I’m more honest
Than I ever was to my therapist.
I told him I’m in love with you,
One year, three months before you knew.

Belos says the song is “about struggling to make life in those few hours after work—motivation fleeting like the sunlight. It’s sort of a reminder to myself to push through the exhaustion and get up and go out. I’m only cheating myself out of precious life time if I don’t.”

Which, of course, is probably something we can all relate to.

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New Sincere Engineer: Come Out For A Spell

Video: Sincere Engineer – “Come Out For A Spell”

From Bless My Psyche, due September 10 on Hopeless.

Sincere Engineer and Hopeless Records have released another single along with the album announcement for Bless My Psyche, which will be coming out in September. They’ve also scheduled a release party at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago and it sold out immediately. Good for them, but who dares to plan anything that far out anymore?

The new video assembles a bunch of tour footage from back when bands could tour, including some silly offstage hijinks. I recognize two shows I attended but am thankful to see that my drunkenly bobbing head is decidedly off-camera.

In November the band is hitting the road with Hot Mulligan, which is a bummer because they’re third-billing and will be playing bigger venues. I mean, not that much bigger (St. Andrew’s in Detroit, Bottom Lounge in Chicago, etc.), but I was hoping they’d come to the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids. I’m not willing to drive three hours to see a half-hour set. Maybe they’ll do a headlining tour in 2022 and play some tertiary markets. Fingers crossed!

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New Sincere Engineer: Out Of Reach

Video: Sincere Engineer – “Out Of Reach”

Directed by Brandon Hoeg. Single out now on Hopeless Records.

Another new song but still no album announcement. Come on! What’s the hold up?

Deanna Belos told Under the Radar she “wrote this song when Chicago was in the middle of a ~polar vortex~. It was particularly influenced by the time I got up at 4 AM, went to grab a drive-thru coffee, only to realize my window wouldn’t roll back up because the mechanism was frozen. It was -60 degrees and I drove 45 miles to work with a blanket closed in my car door.”

The video, Belos says, displays “the struggle between cold isolation and FOMO, while being constantly bombarded by screens and relentless media.”

Sitting out on the back porch.
We talked for hours, you don’t smoke no more.
And then I never felt closer to anyone before.
Now I know, I know, I know that was many years ago.
We were so young then; now we’re old.

It’s a typical old man thing to do to scoff at young people who claim to feel old. It’s easy to dismiss it as melodrama. But I remember that feeling clearly back when I was what I now consider young. It was as real then as it is now.

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New Sincere Engineer: Tourniquet

Video: Sincere Engineer – “Tourniquet”

Directed by Nolan J. Downs. Single out now on Hopeless.

How great is this band?

It’s winter again and there’s cracks in my skin.
Nothing stops the bleeding.

I recommend Kiehl’s ultimate strength hand salve. It works great. At least for the literal cracks in your skin. There’s probably not a product you can purchase at the Nordstrom building on Michigan Avenue that will help with the metaphorical cracks in your skin.

I can’t wait until all this pandemic bullshit is over so I can go see Sincere Engineer play live again. In the meantime, I’ll be listening to this song on repeat.

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New Sincere Engineer: Trust Me

Video: Sincere Engineer – “Trust Me”

Directed by Deanna Belos. Single out now on Hopeless.

Watch Deanna Belos recklessly ride her bike no-handed around suburban streets while mowing down some Hot-N-Ready from Little Caesars. Safety third, kids!

This is the band’s first single for Hopeless Records. Presumably an album will follow but no announcements have been made to date. Sincere Engineer’s previous album, 2017’s Rhombithian, was great and seeing them open up for the Hold Steady in Chicago was a highlight of 2019 for me.

Super excited to hear more! But listening to the lyrics makes me wonder, how can someone so young sing words so sad?

I wanna go outside. I wanna ride my bike, but I feel dead on the inside.
I put too much trust in future me. She can’t be trusted.

I get it. But I’m a jaded old grump, beaten down by life and a mean, uncaring world. It feels weird to identify with a young girl with such mad no-handed-bike-riding skillz.

Deanna take a bow. Boot the grime of this world in the crotch, dear.

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