Oh man, did I listen to this record a lot. Like, probably too much. So much to the point where it kind of bums me out. Not because the record is bad or because I overplayed it (even though I did), but because of the mindset that it wells up within me. I fear it might become one of those albums that is so deeply intertwined with a period in my life (a not so good period, mind you) that it will never really count for anything outside of that context.
But at the same time, Under Soil and Dirt, and in the greater scheme The Story So Far, are great. This is a young band, with equal amounts of musical talent and discontentment. And, which may be obvious by now, I'm kinda into those who are discontent. Because, even though it's certainly negative and not an attitude that can be sustained forever (or maybe it can?), it's one that seems to imply a hope and a search for better. Is it so wrong to expect people to be cool and not horrible, disgusting monsters? Why are the people who ask for more from other people made out to be the dickheads? Never really made sense to me, especially since I feel like I've met a lot of dickheads this year. I don't know, I guess it seems pretty simple to me: be ok towards people, because isn't that almost always easier? Through their kind of rough words and kind of aggressive music, The Story So Far helped me keep in mind that trying to be an ok dude doesn't make you the weird one.