December 21, 2009 Last Night in Town
If it feels right, I’m gonna stay out tonight – Lifetime
Done with finals + ResLife staff having to stay until housing closes (tomorrow) = one last crazy night at B(r)owdoin. Not forever. Just for the semester.
The soundtrack? Fantastic pop punk, of course:
Rehasher is the side project of Roger, the bassist of Less Than Jake, one of my favorite bands of all time. Going back to their Gainesville roots, Rehasher plays blazing fast melodic punk, and boy do they do it well. This cut is off of their new album, High Speed Access to My Brain, an album that the band says you should “play on repeat until your roommates hate you.” With no roommate, I can’t really do that. Maybe play it until my residents hate me. Yeah, I’ll go with that.
Yeah, you read that right. This is a pop punk cover of Paper Planes. My dream come true? Undoubtedly. This is a spot-on arrangement of the song, and uses a million clichés from the genre and its many derivatives. Check the second verse. Sick.
Lifetime were the influence for basically every subsequent punk/emo band to emerge from New Jersey, and they still hold up. Fast as hell, and completely incomprehensible, Lifetime set the standard for hundreds of bands that would later emulate them. Clocking in at barely less than 2 minutes, this track is from their 1997 Jade Tree release Jersey’s Best Dancers. Check those drums. That is freaking hard. “If it feels right, I’m gonna stay out tonight.” Oh yeah.
Shook Ones play fast hardcore-influenced pop punk with gravelly vocals reminiscent of Latterman (another favorite) and (surprise!) Lifetime. This track is from their most recent album, The Unquotable A.M.H, which was actually released on Paper + Plastick, a new record label started by Vinnie, the drummer from Less Than Jake. The Less Than Jake links never end, do they? It’s pretty cool, because I was basically introduced to punk etc… through listening to Less Than Jake and bands on Fueled By Ramen, which was Vinnie’s original label that he co-founded. Just a note: one of the notable bands on the early roster of Fueled By Ramen: Fall Out Boy. mmhmm.
Finally, an old school video from one of my favorite bands ever: The Goo Goo Dolls. Say what you will, but when Dizzy Up The Girl came out in 1998, most of the screaming teenage girls had no idea that the Goos used to be on Metal Blade records, a leading metal record label home to bands of the death, doom, and thrash variety. Don’t believe me? The band release their first real two albums, not counting their relatively terrible self-titled debut, on Metal Blade. The latter of the two, Hold Me Up contains some real gems, and showcases the earliest signs of the Goos that people have come to know today. Most notably: Johnny Rzeznik singing lead vocals on the first single “There You Are.” “There You Are” spawned their first music video, a bromantic blast of Goo Goo Dolls mischief in and around their hometown of Buffalo, NY. I love the youthful energy in this video. Johnny and Robby are both obviously having an amazing time, and it totally shows.