American Football’s origins can be traced to the humble Chicago suburb of Wheeling, Illinois where Mike Kinsella and Steve Holmes grew up playing in bands and learning to play guitar while Steve Lamos was playing horn instruments in polka bands with his father in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino has written an essay about sexism in the music industry, about everything from journalists to online trolls. Check it out via the Lenny Letter.
Did anyone call The Beatles “whiny babies” for singing the lyrics “This boy wants you back again”? Did anyone call them “desperate” or “needy” for singing “Oh please say to me / You’ll let me be your man / And please say to me / You’ll let me hold your hand”?
But, as a piece of art, it's like molotov cocktails in Capri Sun juice boxes, TNT stuffed inside packets of Crystal Light. It's a song that neither his fan base nor the mainstream will know what to make of. Is it good? Who knows. Is it fascinating? Definitely. It’s too controlled by its all caps "MESSAGE" to be work on conventional good/bad metrics. It’s barely a song, and at the same time it’s so much more than that.
The most reasonable response I can come up with is kind of a "WTF did you expect?". Has As Cities Burn ever put out music that wasn't drastically different than a previous release? We change our band every time we get together. It's incredibly freeing. CNS was a product of wanting to break the chains of the HXC world and write music that could get us on tour with Jimmy Eat World. Going into HOHW, we pretty much knew we weren't going to be a band anymore so we said fuck it and LITERALLY wrote whatever we wanted. This included writing a song that we thought sounded like Tom Petty and then...