Quaronavirus nights [single reviews]
I’m under quarantine. Sitting in my parents’ living room in Dublin, OH. All is quiet. By the way, the word “Quaronavirus” comes from a genius tweet from Andrea of Brightly Wild. You’re welcome.
So, let’s write about some loud songs, eh? Sounds good. Let’s start with a double feature:
The Lonely Ones – “Eternal Sadness”: Listening to a song titled thus in one of the darker world periods in recent memory at first thought doesn’t seem like a great idea. The lyrics are fairly bleak. Yet, the band doesn’t want you to wallow in your misery. You could argue that they do for a bit so you don’t have to—and they even include some gnarly riffs to help you snap out of it. In all seriousness, though—the band plainly holds self-care, being honest with yourself, and finding hope in dark places in high regard. As we enter in a period where mental health threatens the well-being of arguably just as many (if not more) folks than the coronavirus, they want to have some rock and roll here to help you through it.
The Lonely Ones – “The Lonely One”: The band unintentionally wrote what could be a theme song for this period of social distancing. It’s stadium rock for everyone that’s hunkering down. I’m actually shocked I haven’t seen more press on this song—it’s just that infectious. That’s it. That’s the take on the song.
Bite Me Bambi – “Hot Lava”: Let’s be honest. I’m not a natural ska lover, but after watching this music video I have to admit that this world could use some more of it right now—a whole lot more. Especially when it inspired carefree love songs filmed in libraries. Anyone remember the Nickelodeon show All That? When Lori Beth Denberg played a librarian who would be loud and obnoxious and then yell at kids who told her to shut up? Yeah this isn’t really the same thing, but the setting and goofball factor sent my mind down that rabbit trail. And Lord knows, we need bands to have that effect on us these days.
Sparta – “Miracle”: If you were looking for a nice middle ground between new-school Jimmy Eat World, old school emo (the real old school emo—not My Chemical Romance), and 90s alternative, this song is a good indicator of what might pop out if you spun those elements together. I’m no expert on the band Sparta, but I recognize them as an influential act, and I can perhaps hear this song a bit more objectively than longtime fans. This song isn’t a big time fist-pumper, but it will definitely have you groovin’ in your feels for a few minutes.
The Homeless Gospel Choir – “Art Punk”: When it comes to a punk troubador like The Homeless Gospel Choir, I definitely wasn’t expecting to hear something this sweeping and lush. This is from the guy who sang a couple of years ago that endearing anthem, “no, you’ll never be normal, cuz you’re a punk!” Here we have something just as anthemic but all the more full and appealing to the indie kids. Perhaps some folks will hear something new in Derek Zanetti’s words. He and I most certainly differ on many views, but his affable demeanor that comes out in all of his songs—no matter how minimalist or otherwise—makes me inclined to listen to what he has to say. Listen.
Sons – “SWEAT”: No, this isn’t the emo-alt band SONS from Slospeak Records (RIP SONS/Slospeak). This is a raucous new duo from Brighton, UK. This song’s full of massive riffs that threaten to make your ears bleed in a strangely enjoyable way. This song is for the punks that wear their emotions on their sleeve and the dads who are closeted punks as well. Look for this band to piss parents off because their kids won’t turn that daggone music down.
Suntitle – “Big Jawn”: Shoegaze emo at its finest. Maybe it’s just the melody progression in this song (somewhat familiar) that gets me each time I hear it. Whatever the reason, this song demands my full attention at ear-splitting volume. Sometimes it takes forced isolation to show me how much I miss the underground rock scene—this music video brings on the nostalgia, even if it depicts people a bit more lost in the haze than I usually am. I’ll definitely be keeping an ear out for more from this South Jersey band. Fans of Title Fight ought to love them.
Find all of the above and more on our “New and Nifty” playlist, embedded below: