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are you even a pop-punk band if one member doesn’t have a solo acoustic side project?

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I’ve had a super productive day, complete with a soundtrack of old school Lily Allen and sad acoustic jams by none other than Speak Low If You Speak Love.

Ryan Scott Graham, the bassist of State Champs, has been releasing music under this (admittedly long-winded) name since 2015.  If you ask me, though, Nearsighted is miles ahead of 2015’s Everything But What You Need.  While the latter was a solid album, Nearsighted brings something new to the table; a whimsical, nostalgic vibe that is so obviously different from State Champs.  It’s a refreshing change, and a fun departure from what is (and I say this with the utmost affection) the most predictable of pop-punk.

It was a perfect soundtrack for meal prepping, and it had the added bonus of being something I wouldn’t be embarrassed to have on if my roommates came into the kitchen.  The standout track for me was definitely Contrasting Colours, though truth be told I can’t put my finger on exactly why.  It just stuck with me long after the album was done.  If you want to check it out, you can do so here!

Side projects were such a thing back in the day — are they less common now?  Or am I just paying less attention?  Please inform me of your fave down below (or via email at themompunk@gmail.com,  if you want!).

 

Remember back in the day when your blog was like your diary — not like your personal ad space?  Blogs were written like stories, nothing was #spon and no one had a content calendar.  And, okay, as much as I know there must be a reason that style went by the wayside, I miss it.  That’s why I’ve decided to start making these song of the day posts.

Simple, casual, and honestly self centred.  Just a post about the song that’s been in my head all day, and whatever else I feel like telling my captive audience.  Lucky you!

So today’s song is Cheetah Tongue, by the Wombats — it’s a real jam, and brand new.  I have a bit of a thing for songs that make me feel like I’m in a movie, and this one definitely delivers.  Weird, I know.

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Anyway the song is off the new album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, out on February 9th.  It’s exactly the combination of cute indie music + quirky lyrics + dark theme that you’d expect from the Wombats, and just different enough for us to look past the fact that they haven’t put out anything new since 2015.

In other news, today is kind of the ultimate get your shit together day.  Are you ever on a total roll, then one thing happens and next thing you know… everything is a disaster?  That’s my current state of affairs, and it’s not pretty.  I totally lose my motivation once my room gets messy or I start to fall behind on school work.  I desperately want to be that person who is always on point, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for me.

SO yeah, it’s a day of laundry, hot coffee, and catching up on school work for me.  But as I go about it I can’t stop thinking about vacation, and what makes a vacation, and the fact that I could call this a vacation right now if I really wanted to.

Because I mean, I love a beach and bikini vacation as much as the next girl, but the truth is right now when I imagine my ideal trip it involves eating a delicious breakfast every morning, buying my groceries from a market, drinking coffee and scribbling in my journal in charming cafes, looking at art (and making) amazing art, and just generally living it up.  And the truth is… I could do any of those things here, now, today.  Even, I think, while simultaneously listening to a lecture on statistical analysis.  I might not quite be wandering the streets of Paris, but it’s not like there’s any shortage of pastries and paintings in Toronto, right?

Vacation is a state of mind, my friends.  And I would like to be there… once my room is clean.