I refuse to be pretentious by assuming the Cyrus family has no relevance these days.
Miley “Hannah Montana” Cyrus has done a pretty good job at being a face of pop music and tween fashion for the past few years, remaining at least recognizable to some degree — by parody, publication, or other means.
While some of us (myself included) will scoff at Miley Cyrus’ vocal ability or unabashedly Google her status as heir to the Olsen legality countdown clock, someone else in her family wants to regain their footing in the music world.
See, for those of us who were not privy to ’80s/’90s mainstream country music, Billy Ray Cyrus was at one point a megastar in his own right. Granted, he probably lives down “Achy Breaky Heart” like Alec Guinness did his role as the original Obi-Wan Kenobi, but just the same, the elder Cyrus’ fame is not without merit despite its easily mocktastic nature (even Weird Al is in on it). Before Miley, there was Billy, so what is the Disney star’s patriarch hard at work on nowadays? A comeback tour? Another love song to his dearest daughter? How about a rock band featuring former Hole/Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Samantha Maloney and former Snot guitarist Jamie Miller?
If you chose option #3, then… yeah, get a load of Cyrus’ new band Brother Clyde, and the music video for its new single “Lately”…featuring rapper King Phaze. Frankly, I suppose if Jessica Simpson and that bald guy from Hootie & The Blowfish who isn’t named Hootie can have a country music “career”, then Cyrus can have a rock career, but is it just me, or does this song come across as a lazy brand of Staind with a dose of Big & Rich ride-along Cowboy Troy? Maybe the rest of the CD is better? After all, Cyrus does team up with his son Trace and former collabo partner Dolly Parton on the full album.
Alrighty, all is fair, so decide for yourself. While we are waiting, the information behind this new band and video can be found here at The Boot. Brother Clyde’s eponymous debut hits shelves August 10th, 2010.
And for you old Billy Ray fans (I’m looking at you, mother):