Anyone with even a casual eye on the Miami music scene for the past half-decade has been patiently waiting for Awesome New Republic to rightfully blow up on a national level. Well, we never quite imagined that happening with the help of Leighton Meester, aka the actress who plays Blair Waldorf, the impeccably dressed Queen B (for bitch), on The CW's guilty pleasure soap teen-soap Gossip Girl,
but here it is. Yes, we just had to whip the blood and brain matter from our laptops after our heads exploded.
: Was just listening to the WVUM
locals show hosted by Matt Gajewski of Pure Imagination fame, and MJ was on. The song was a joint effort by a cavalcade of local guys at Honor Roll Music
. They were shopping it around and had Meester come in to do a rough demo version (what you hear below) before deciding to release it as an ANR song. Still, whatever exposure this brings to the band is a good thing, and this song is pure fire regardless.
Stream "Birthday" ft. Leighton Meester:
Stream Awesome New Republic's original: