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Music Video Premiere: Rachel Ana Dobken, “Cruel, Cruel, Cruel”

The Pop Break is proud to premiere the music video for Rachel Ana Dobken’s single “Cruel, Cruel, Cruel” off her upcoming album to be released 2024, Acceptance.

“Cruel, Cruel, Cruel” dropped on all streaming platforms on September 13, 2023 and is a driving, anthemic song about the disappointments and frustrations of love. The song was written by Dobken who also sang, played drums, and guitar on the track. It was produced by Erik Kase Romero (The Front Bottoms) alongside Dobken.

“Cruel is about the frustrations in knowing that you and a certain someone love each another, but the other person has decided to shut you out,” said Dobken.

“One day while dealing  with the emotional fall out from said situation, I was showering and heard the hook as a  complete melodic/lyrical thought.”

The video for the song, shot at Long Branch, New Jersey’s famed skate park, was directed by Nick Wolf of Howl Peak Productions (with help from Pete Carter and Allie Leavy). The video features Dobken singing, playing drums and guitar while flanked by bassist Dan Haase and guitarist Erik Rudic (Baquenne, Cold Seas, The Parlor Mob). The song also includes Mark Masefield (Rick Barry). The video was edited by Dobken and Wolf.

In regards to the concept of the video, Dobken states:

“I always had loved the concept of shooting this song at a skate park for multiple reasons.”

She continued, “One, I felt it really fit the melodic and fast-paced energy of the song. And two, I grew up surrounded by surfing and skating around Asbury Park, NJ and it has always been something that inspired me. We got lucky and shot this on a perfect day, and at a location barely touched by time, so it gives this nostalgic feeling while also leaving the audience wondering where we are (is it CA? NJ)?! It gives you the warmth and excitement that feels like a summertime daydream. I wanted to get in there and rip it up (both with the skaters and by playing)!”

Stay tuned for our upcoming episode of Anchored in Asbury featuring Rachel Ana Dobken n on the Pop Break Today podcast feed.

Bill Bodkin
Bill Bodkinhttps://thepopbreak.com
Bill Bodkin is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Pop Break, and most importantly a husband, and father. Ol' Graybeard writes way too much about wrestling, jam bands, Asbury Park music, HBO shows, and can often be seen under his season DJ alias, DJ Father Christmas. He is the co-host of the Socially Distanced Podcast (w/Al Mannarino) which drops weekly on Apple, Google, Anchor & Spotify. He is the co-host of the monthly podcasts -- Anchored in Asbury, TV Break and Bill vs. The MCU.

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