I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (iDKHOW) just accomplished an amazing feat with their debut EP, 1981 Extended Play.
The duo, which is composed of former Panic! At The Disco bassist Dallon Weekes and former Falling In Reverse drummer Ryan Seaman, landed on several of Billboard’s charts.
1981 Extended Play debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s Current Alternative chart, No. 11 on the Current Rock chart and No. 1 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.
The Heatseekers Albums chart spotlights artists who are “breaking and emerging,” according to Billboard. iDKHOW topped the week ending Nov. 24. The same week, boygenius’ self-titled EP landed at No. 3 and Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers’ debut full-length Bought To Rot landed at No. 6.
iDKHOW’s six-track synth-pop, electric rock, all-around eccentric EP has already accumulated a whopping 15.2 million Spotify plays after only being out for a little less than two weeks.
“Choke” quickly became a favorite single and EP track, and has over 8 million YouTube views.
The band take their name from a line in Back To The Future and embrace the concept that they’re a lost act from the late ‘70s/early ‘80s who never quite made it. However, their music has recently been unearthed thanks to modern technology, and they’re resurrecting the tracks for today’s generation.
Last month, the band released a music video for “Do It All The Time.”
The video plays up the futuristic element, working in robots and a retro vibe. The clip’s description also reads:
“This footage was first thought to be a conceptual art piece produced by the band before making music videos had become standard music industry practice. While the exact date and circumstances under which it was produced are unclear, the anonymous donor of the footage claims that it had been screened to students for nearly twenty years as part of the public school curriculum, until its use was discontinued in 1984…”
11/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/24 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jubs
11/25 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/27 – Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
11/28 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
11/30 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Hall
12/01 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live