are you even a pop-punk band if one member doesn’t have a solo acoustic side project?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want!).