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cleopatrick announce Debut LP BUMMER out June 4; Release New Single “FAMILY VAN” + Launch ‘FAMILY VAN- THE GAME’

cleopatrick members include best friends Luke Gruntz and Ian Fraser. Today, they announce their debut LP Bummer that will be available on June 4, 2021.

Alongside the album announcement, they released the single Family Van with the video game Family Van: The Game.

Luke Gruntz’s statement about the new single

I wrote FAMILY VAN after a band ripped one of our songs off. I’m not really going to dive into that whole story because we are very much over that. They were bigger than us and we felt powerless. FAMILY VAN was born out of frustration. It’s an exercise in anger, and a conscious acknowledgement of the humble beginnings, independence, and DIY mentality that makes our band what we are.

We’ve spent the last 4 years touring the world in Ian’s beat-up high-school minivan, with a janky trailer strapped to the back, some childhood sleeping bags, and a handful of songs we wrote in my basement. This “family van” has been a vessel for our art, a symbol of our honesty, and a nod to all the young guitar bands that are trying to do something real. There’s always going to be phonies out there. There’s always going to be imposters, and fakers, and old dudes with bad intentions, but if you stay real — I promise it’s just a matter of time before they end up unmasked and unknown, somewhere in your rear-view mirror.

Gruntz statement about the game

Growing up, Ian and I were always playing video games. I have countless memories of our childhood sleepovers spent drinking root beer, listening to music, and shredding through some newly rented title from the local Blockbuster. We loved these shared digital adventures, always grinding through “one more level” – until we realized our eyes were red and the sun was coming up. Those were some of the best nights.

After this whack-ass last year, we felt like both ourselves, and our friends could really use a little piece of that juvenile escapism we enjoyed so often in our youth. And so, we made ‘FAMILY VAN: THE GAME’. It’s an 8-bit adventure for all ages and it’s a dose of much-needed escapism.

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