“A punk veteran’s introspective ballad, Cape sounds downright crushed on ‘It Could Be Real’, a hushed song in which he wonders, at 54, if he’s ever going to be cut out for a lasting relationship.” – Rolling Stone
“’It Could Be Real’ explores the life of a single person, who has become complacent after failed relationships, yet still finds hope in connectedness through Cape’s mostly disenchanted lyrics.” – American Songwriter
“’It Could Be Real’ matches the themes of this album with some of Joey’s most melancholic music yet. It’s a somber, folky and very lovely song.” – Brooklyn Vegan
Fat Wreck Chords and singer-songwriter Joey Cape, frontman of iconic punk band Lagwagon, are excited to release the music video for “It Could Be Real,” the first single lifted from the Friday, August 13 release of his brand new solo LP, A Good Year To Forget . A song written from the perspective of a disenchanted single person—a person who has experienced the highs and lows of multiple failed relationships–“It Could Be Real” was directed by Sean McCue and NinaMcCue and features comedian JoeSib. Cape had the following to share about the video:
“Making the video for ‘It Could Be Real’ was so much fun–directors Sean and Nina McCue are so talented and really do it all. I was in good hands with them. The plot was based on the woes of the busker. Sean McCue has busked all over the world, something I have never done before. I respect those who do. It takes true dedication and I imagine the benefit is meagre. Still you see those people out there everyday everywhere in the world.
I think one day was enough for me. Haha. A few old friends including comedian Joe Sib showed up. He is hilarious and made us all laugh the entire day.”
An album that was written during a year that saw Cape lose his father, separate from his wife of 20 years, contract COVID, and move back in with his parents as a result of a livelihood lost, Cape’s forthcoming solo album, A Good Year To Forget, is a warm and beautiful record that encapsulates all the trials and tribulations over those challenging 12 months.
Fat Wreck Chords will release A Good Year To Forget on August 13, 2021.
JOEY CAPE – A GOOD YEAR TO FORGET OUT FRIDAY AUGUST 13
A Good Year To Forget
Nickel and Lead
The Poetry In Our Mistakes
It Could Be Real
Check Your Ego At The Door
We Might Be Wrong
Saturday Night Fever
Under the Doormat
Heavy Lies the Head