You, Me, and Everyone We Know – So Young, So Insane
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: November 18th, 2008
Consistency is a pretty important quality to me as a music fan. If a band is able to churn out another record that is up to par, or even better then their previous one, it definitely means a lot. Nothing is worse than listening to a highly anticipated follow-up and saying, "I was looking forward to this?" That feeling of musical-betrayal is enough for someone to write a band off for good.
When You, Me, and Everyone We Know released their first EP, Party for the Grown and Sexy, I instantly fell in love. To this day, I still listen to it as much as I did when it first came out and would probably call it one of my favorite EPs of all-time. Needless to say, hearing that they were going into the studio to record a new EP excited me to no end, but also had me a little worried. Even though I had much faith in them to come out with a collection of songs that I would love, there was still a tiny chance that I could be let down. Maybe that was just my paranoia kicking in. Regardless, the finished product, So Young, So Insane, is the complete opposite of any negative thoughts I had to what I feared it might be.
The springy opener, "I Can Get Back Up Now," shows that You, Me, and Everyone We Know haven't lost a bit of their charm or lyrical wit that they had back with the old EP. What I noticed at first was the change in Ben Liebsch's vocals and how they stray away from sounding a little like Max Bemis. Ironically enough, Bemis actually makes an appearance toward the end of the song, making the track even stronger than it already was. "Could It Be Sunstroke?" has the signature catchy chorus that YMAEWK is known best for, while "A Symptom" shows the progression they've made as it's a track that isn't entirely in-your-face pop-punk. Josh Cain makes his production prescence known in the stand-out "Sometimes We Have Too Much Fun," as I felt a Motion City Soundtrack vibe throughout the entire song. Closer "Happy Birthday" is another one of my favorites; if I didn't know it was on So Young, So Insane, I would have assumed it was a b-side from their first EP.
There's a nice feeling of relief when that anticipated album is as good as you expect. With So Young, So Insane, it just shows how You, Me, and Everyone We Know has the ability to perfectly craft pop songs without being tied to some popular label or a big budget producer. So young, so insanely talented.