Cold Jackets – Tongue On Fire
Indie Rock, Garage Rock, Alternative Rock
I’m surprised governments don’t begin to publically endorse and finance new, young garage rock bands. I don’t know if they’ve figured it out yet but these kinds of bands are responsible for plenty of great things being done in the land.
Crime rates go down, marriage rates skyrocket, and the economy can be propped up on bar bills alone. Especially now, following a global health crisis, foot-stomping, hip-shaking, confident garage rock is needed like a cold beer on a hot summer day.
Cold Jackets sound like Mick Jagger fronting the Strokes. Tongue On Fire is unashamedly a song meant to get the boys in the band some attention. It should work. Unless your heart has turned to stone and feet have turned to lead, this should put some strut your walk and excitement into your life. Governments should recruit for this!
Stranded – Crossed Lines
It’s hard to get used to the idea that so much of life is repetition. If you’ve lived in the same place long enough, you are likely to pass by the same places every day. If you’ve worked in the same place, you’re likely to hear the same sounds. If you have the same friends, you’ll probably hear the same stories.
Now, repetition is built into our DNA. In order to get decently good at anything, the vast majority of us will have to undergo the same ritual of preparation until we drill that knowledge through our heads. Life is a game of coping with sameness.
This is why genres like post-punk and industrial feel so natural to modern man. It’s because they echo the never-ending patterns of living. Stranded’s Crossed Lines sounds like a post-punk tune designed to soundtrack a modern highway. It’s sparse, cold, and seemingly endless. It really captures the pulse of the world.