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The Kellys / Press

“Staff report HOWLAND The Kellys’ new music video will premiere Saturday during the rock band’s performance at Up A Creek Tavern, 4793 E. Market St. The show will start at 9 p.m. Production of the video for the song “Victory” culminated Saturday with a shoot in Warren. About 75 people showed up to be part of it, said Kelly McCracken, singer for The Kellys. In the video, the band walks through downtown Warren, gathering people along the way. The group finishes at the Warren Community Amphitheater, where The Kellys put on a performance. The video also includes footage from live performances as well as more candid moments. “Victory” is on The Kellys’ latest album, “Opus.” The new video will be posted on YouTube.com. The song, said McCracken, “is about banding together toward a common purpose, whether it’s emotionally, or about America, or a relationship, or overcoming adversity ... whatever the goal may be.” ”

“The Kellys return to the Warren Amphitheatre for River Rock”

“One week ago, The Kellys hosted the ruKus Festival and sang the glory of the Warren Community Amphitheatre. Friday night, the Amphitheatre gave them back that love. The Kellys performed four original songs with the professional musicians in an orchestra as part of Generation Us. Las Vegas R&B singer Treasure Guffy began the night, standing out with her localized rendition of "My Favorite Things." Headlining the night was Gary Puckett of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap Band, who performed originals and covers. But standing out was the local rock group, who looked oddly comfortable in front of the orchestra.”

"Opus" will be The Kellys' third full-length release, but McCracken and Angelo don't get all giddy at talk of a record contract. They've been bitten in the past by deals that came so close, only to fall through. A recent near-miss with major label Def Jam still leaves a bad taste in their mouth. "It's been the story of The Kellys' career," said Angelo. "Good things happen, there's label interest, then nothing happens." But if The Kellys are even a little discouraged, it doesn't show. In fact, the band's mood seems closer to pure, unadulterated optimism as "Opus" nears completion. McCracken lit up as she described a proposed marketing campaign for the recording. Steeped in '80s kitsch, it would utilize comic books, color-forms ... even slap bracelets.

Guy D'Astolfo - The Vindicator