The Lowell synth-rock band has been blazing a path of neon riffs and white-hot sonics for the past few years, and when they aren’t performing as The Killers at Vanyaland Halloween parties, Greg Alexandropoulos and the gentlemen have been busy perfecting their anthemic brand of razor-sharp pop. Their latest single is the urgent “Coat of Arms”, an elevated starry-eyed jam that rushes like a comet across its pitch-perfect four minutes of galactic intrigue.
“This song actually started as an original video game Chiptune I was working on for fun,” Alexandropoulos tells Vanyaland. “As soon as I arranged about a minute of it I knew it had to be a West Ed song. Some aspects of the original Chiptune are still in the mix — like the electronic strings and glockenspiel arrangement in the intro. We recorded real drums for it; replaced some synths with guitars, and it has become one of our best anthems with one of our best choruses.”
Once we catch our streaming breath, the single will be reborn in video form in about two weeks. “Coat of Arms” represents a bit of a new era for Western Education, with additional music set for release later this year and a bit of rejuvenation heard in their sound. Fire it up below, and lose track of everything that’s less important around you.