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The Graduating Class – “Cooler”

Hailing from Portland, this sextet of funkmeisters was formed in 2018, when childhood friends John Queant, Natty Burmeister and Nate Hansen started writing songs together and performing in local bars. In 2021 the lineup was expanded with August King, Eli Hansen and Keenan Dorn. Inspired by The Killers, Chromeo and The 1975, they released their debut “That’s What Tonight’s For” in 2019.

Getting in your Delorean, hitting 88 miles per hour and traveling back to the neon decade, their new single is a celebration of various 80s sounds. With a Quincy Jones-like production, they blend nostalgic pop with copious amounts of funk. With a fresh sparkle from the synths, a punchy beat and Zapp-inspired, talk box vocals, this retro-infused, sonic trip redefines what being cool is all about.

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