By now you know that I am a pop music girl. Inspired by fellow Bound Editor Nemeni Niemand’s “Trying to Get Into Pop Music” series, this week’s installment is about venturing out of your comfort zone – musically and life-ically. These songs have been recommended to me by fellow Bound editors. The results and reviews are down below:
“I’ll See You When We’re Both Not So Emotional” - American Football
This is supposed to be an emo song. Described to me by the person who recommended it as, “technically second-wave emo, Midwestern Emo.” Okay. I don’t know what that means. What I do know is that is sounds like
It just sounds like a worse Bright Eyes song. It feels like a first draft of a song before the writers had any understanding of a rock song structure. There’s not much heightening or climax to the song. It’s sort of just a snapshot of a feeling and that feeling is melancholy.
I think I like it. It’s definitely not catchy, which is annoying.It exists all at one level, the entire time. I find myself getting antsy for build and crescendo. It’s like the song is my little brother on a road trip yelling, “I’m not touching you, I’m not touching you!” just to piss me off. Dear this song, just have a chorus. Please. That’s all I want.
“Deception” – The Crüxshadows
Is this what people mean when they say something is European house music? I think so.
Okay, I take it back. Google says this is a “darkwave” band from Florida.
This is much more fun than the last song. I feel like if I’m really mad or need to hack into a database with my outcast high school friends (ala the movie Hackers starring Angelina Jolie’s haircut.) this song would be playing. I could awkward-dance to this at Blackbird Buvette’s Goth Night with a couple of friends in between taking girly shots. Because that’s hilarious.
“Emergency” – Girlschool
Okay sirens in the first part of the song. Alright, we get it. You’re very badass and this is clearly the 80s fine.
I just Googled Girlschool and apparently their contemporaries include Motorhead. Good on you, badass chicks. Also they’re a band from 1978 so my “80s” guess was a little off.
Fun chorus. My mom used to listen to Guns N’ Roses while she cleaned on sunny weekend days so I’m actually really used to rocking out pretty hard. Obviously. This song is too short and there’s not really much to it but I’m into it. I could see myself cleaning the house listening to this song. It’s not a “let’s feel good and take a road trip” song because, I mean, sirens.
“Wild Boy” – MGK, Waka Flocka Flame
I pretty much like any song that starts with “yeah bitch, yeah bitch.” That’s hilarious and great.
Can we talk about this assortment of brilliant lyricism for a minute?
“I am untouchable, you would think I was in jail But I’m in Mexico getting marijuana from Miguel. Bring it back into the states, put in on the scale, Measure out half an 8th put it in a shell.”
I really like the humor in this song. Specifically “Measure out half and 8th.” Um, excuse me Mr. MGK but isn’t that a 16th? Hilarious and perfect. Also fuck yes to the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” reference in another line. I like this song because it’s a rap song that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is super funny. Good twerk, boys.
“Wheels of Steel” – Saxon
The internet tells me that Saxon is in the same genre as Girlschool. Great. Awesome. I’m starting to get the hang of this. They’re also not as good, though. Like, there’s something more charming and likable about the Girlschool song. The Girlschool song was more simplistic, and more charming that way.
This song feels like I’m watching Wild Hogs with my dad or that time my roommate tried to convince me that “The Boys are Back in Town” is the ultimate party song. It’s a dude song and that’s fine. It’s not necessarily for me though. I don’t necessarily find it remarkable.
Welp. I think that went better than we were all expecting. There was a lot of mom metal featured, and I blame Nimeni Niemand specifically for that. I liked all of the songs, considering none of them were feat. T Swift or Ke$ha. So let’s just count this as a success and take a damn nap.