Continuing with the animated versions of themselves first introduced in their August 2021 video for “Why Can’t We Be Friends?,” “Digital Overload” is a full length animated video featuring the musicians of A.D.2020 reacting to the influence of technology in all of our lives. “The song allows us to poke fun at ourselves and also our addictions to technology that we are all guilty of abusing”says Todd Thanhauser.
He continues, “The song was written last year during the pandemic and was inspired by an interaction I had with a phone app and a refrigerator and it got me thinking that maybe there is something else I should be doing besides waiting on text messages from my refrigerator to tell me the milk is spoiled? Maybe we all need to take time to catch our breath and unwind?”
The video can be found on the A.D.2020 YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/WZDHvX6BZuc
Produced by Dan Reed and AD2020.
Recorded during the fall of 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic and New Jersey, Pennsylvania USA.
Mixing by Ron DiSilvestro of RDS Music and Media
Mastering by Simon Gibson, Abbey Road Studios, London UK
Written by Dan Reed, Mark McNelley & Todd Thanhauser Copyright 2020 Sarbic Music LLC, ASCAP Fountain Formation Music, ASCAP Mind and Body Music, ASCAP all rights reserved.
Video concept and animation by Hibiscus Cloudberry follow them on Instagram @hibiscus_cloudberry
Lockdown Diaries is available to stream and download on Itunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major digital platforms and is also available for purchase at www.ad2020music.com
The band released their first single from the album, "Ricochet", written by Mark McNelley, Dan Reed and Todd Thanhauser on June 29, 2021.
Todd adds, “Ricochet” was the first song we wrote together in June of 2020 and the first time I heard the demo that Dan Reed had sent to us I knew the song was going to be something special.”
A.D.2020 "Ricochet" (Official Lyric Video):
In addition, A.D.2020 released a new video on Sunday August 1, 2021, for their cover of the song “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” by the band WAR. The track is also featured on their album Lockdown Diaries.
The video features the members of A.D.2020 playing the track in the studio and their home studios. The track is fresh and fun with each member taking a swing at lead vocals as well.
Recorded on two continents during the pandemic A.D.2020 is a collective studio project featuring in order of appearance in the video.
“We discussed doing a remake of this song early in the conversations that lead to the A.D.2020 project. I think the video is great because it shows us all during the lockdown playing and having fun and there are also some moments of humor and fantasy.It’s also a bit of a mantra we all live by “ Why Can’t We (All Just) Be Friends? “ the world would be a better place if we could all be friends. Our version of the song is the only song I can think of that has 6 lead vocal parts which also makes it a really unique cover. We hope the guys in WAR like the cover of their great song" says Todd Thanhauser.
A.D. 2020 Musicians
Mark McNelley, Lead Vocals Todd Thanhauser, Drums, Synare electronic percussion Dan Reed, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals Greg Smith, Bass Guitar Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Lead guitar Derek Sherinian -Additional Keyboards
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