This recent 90s revival in music and “Cheap Beer” by FIDLAR (pick #3) made me look back and feel nostalgic for my early 20s, but Japandroids prove to me that great times don’t live and die with your youth. I’m turning 30 in a few days and that’s pretty scary, but here’s to having a blast with my girlfriend, raising a puppy, hanging out with friends, more partying, vacations, beer, tacos, and all the things that I have no idea are coming in the future!
When they love you and they will / Tell them all they’ll love in my shadow / And if they try to slow you down / Tell them all to go to hell
I initially got into Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings because they pumped out raw catchy pop-punk tunes like “Understand At All” and “Leave You Forever” — but after their breakthrough record released this year I fell in love with them. Attack on Memory is a more mature and polished sound for Cloud Nothings, but the punk rock is still there and the record’s highlight “Stay Useless” really showcases how a band can grow up and still have a ton of fun. One of my favorite memories of the summer was standing in the rain while the band ripped through this song at Pitchfork Festival.
There is nothing fancy about this track and I’ve heard a ton of songs just like it, but this thrasher hit me with a wave of nostalgia. Every time I listen to this song I’m transported back in time a few years ago where every night I was hanging out at a show, The Plex, or a dive bar drinking crappy beer and having the time of my life with the greatest people on earth. I can smell and taste PBR and feel my shoes sticking to the dance floor at Belvedere’s just by listening to this song. Life is a little different now, I have an amazing girlfriend, I have a puppy to take care of, I own a house, and my tastes in beer have changed. But you know what? Fuck you, I’ll have another cheap beer!