State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Amsterdam, and Their New Single "Nightlife"

“Cold and tall surroundings” and a “seemingly endless supply of quality brews”, two things indie rock duo Amsterdam cited as inspiration for their newest single Nightlife. If you’ve ever had a day where it is gloomy and rainy outside and you decide to just sit indoors, relax, sit and listen to music: this song reminds me of that.

For those who have never heard of Amsterdam, they are a New York/State College based band consisting of Aida Mekonnen, who graduated Penn State in 2013 with a degree in Health Policy and Administration, and Tyler Ringland, who graduates this year with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Having been long time friends, they started writing and playing music together at 19. Amsterdam was a recreation of their former group Flashback Forward, who you probably remember from multiple shows and Movin’ On Battle of the Bands competitions. This time around, they say they’ve “switched to a more contemporary style, combining ambience with raw undertones.”

Nightlife is just one in the collection of songs Amsterdam recorded last winter at Wall Street’s Engine Room Audio—famous for clients such as The Killers, Depeche Mode, A$AP Rocky, etc.—in New York. You can download the singles for free via the band’s Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. You can also follow Amsterdam and get updates through their Twitter and Facebook pages.