Vanderpump Rules star Tom Sandoval wants to touch in public.
Well, Sandoval and his new bandmate, Isaac Kappy, want to touch in public. The guys have teamed up to form Charles McMansion, a duo Sandoval describes as a “modern Blues Brothers” -- and ETonline has the exclusive premiere of the group’s first music video for their debut single, “Touch in Public (T.I.P.)”
“Have you ever had, like, a day where you’re, like, so high on life … and you’re like, ‘I’m gonna go out,’” Sandoval tells ETonline about the song’s inspiration. “You walk in [the bar] and you’re just vibing off the music … and maybe you see somebody else who is just feeling your vibe … and you kind of of come together and your energy, and your attitude, everything -- positiveness -- sort of like, it’s an infectious vibe that takes over the whole space.”
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“It’s not necessarily even a sexual thing,” Kappy continues. “Like, hey, let’s touch in public. It’s like, ‘Hey, you know, let’s come together and I’m not gonna be pissed if you bump into me on the dance floor, ‘cause we’re like having an awesome time.’ Everyone get over your pretentiousness and let’s vibe together in this giant dance floor.”
A mutual friend brought Kappy and Sandoval together after both guys’ former bands fell apart -- and it was magic. The pair cranked out “Touch in Public” in just one day. While the song might not necessarily be sexual, there are definitely some sexy lyrics, including, “Is your ass good luck, ‘cause girl I wanna rub it?”
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“I actually came up with that line in reference to Ariana, ‘cause I love her butt!” Sandoval says of his girlfriend and Vanderpump Rules co-star, Ariana Madix, who stars in the video. “And I love to rub it.”
The video plays off the Blues Brothers vibe -- melding it with a bit of Ghostbusters. The guys crash a library full of dull people and convince them all to, well, touch in public. Check out the full video:
“Together as we were working on it, it sort of evolved into this sort of mind control machine,” Sandoval explains.
“The idea for the video kinda ties into the idea of the song,” Kappy says. “We’re taking a sterile environment -- like, a library, where people are doing their own thing, and we come in with this vibe to bring everyone together to have a good time.”
Sandoval and Kappy say this is just the beginning for them -- expect an EP by February.
“There’s a lot more where this came from,” Kappy promises. “So, get your dancing shoes ready.”
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“People assume, ‘Oh, this is a reality star trying to be a singer,’” Sandoval adds. “I’ve been working on music a really long time, and I obviously didn’t move to L.A. to be on a reality show, but I feel very fortunate to be on a successful show, but this has always been my dream to do this.”
You can see more of Sandoval on Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo, when Vanderpump Rules airs new episodes. Watch what Sandoval’s co-stars, Scheana Shay and Katie Maloney, had to say about him -- and the rest of the cast -- in the video below.