carolesdaughter – please put me in a medically induced coma
In his book Nirvana: A Tour Diary, the author, Andy Bollen, talks about hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a tour just prior to the release of Nevermind. The Seattle-group was known to fans of alternative-rock. They were a few months shy of becoming world famous. Still, people would routinely stare at the young Cobain mercilessly, and rather impolitely. Studied, or natural, the limelight-shy singer had a shine about him that pulled people in.
The year 2021 has proven, surprisingly, to be the moment when pop-punk made a crashing return back into the charts and into mainstream consciousness. The genre did this not only on the strong of big hooks, and modern production. It’s had genuine stars it could rely on, such as Machine Gun Kelly, carolesdaughter’s new touring companion.
From the opening lines of Violent, carolesdaughter’s breakthrough single, the singer sounded like a star. please put me in a medically induced coma treads on similar thematic territory. Of course, it’s emo and trap influenced pop-punk designed to get people’s attention. But, would expect anything less from your rockstars?
Mallwalkers – Wasting Away
If you’re a fan of books about rock stars, you are likely to be one of the people that automatically skips the first few chapters. Rock stars like writers are always described in the same way. “They were bored, they got drunk, and got some work done.” Perhaps this is the reason why so many rock stars feel the need to embellish their stories.
“Those who are not aware of time passing do not get bored,” wrote philosopher, and prophet of doom Emil Cioran. Frankly, boredom has done a lot for the arts. Statistically, you’re much more likely to find a thriving art scene in a place where it rains all day and where you’re prevented from going out. The fear of squandering your existence on things of very little importance has driven many young people towards creating art.
Mallwalkers’ Wasting Away seems inspired by just these kinds of fears. The effervescent, punchy garage-rock tune is the soundtrack to a summer spent on things that seemingly lead to nowhere. The bombastic bass, and over the top guitar lines suggest there’s plenty of fuel in the tank left for this U.S. rock group to get out of the slump they’re describing and continue to provide hard-hitting rock singles.