Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool? (For fans of Bomb The Music Industry, Arrogant Sons Of Bitches, Antarctigo Vespucci)

We Cool

Call me old (actually don’t, fuck you), but I’ve been a fan Jeff Rosenstock’s music for a loooong time.  From his time with Arrogant Sons of Bitches who I used to go see regularly to the very first day when he released Bomb The Music Industry’s first Album Minus Band LP, so naturally I was pretty excited about his newest release We Cool? 

Although technically a ‘solo’ record (insert finger air quotes here), We Cool is actually the first album Jeff recorded with a band since the demise of Bomb The Music Industry, and while it’s not a BTMI project technically… the music sounds a lot like where Vacation left off and a perfect follow-up to it.

All 12 songs are incredibly different, yet they all fit together perfectly making for a cohesive album.  You’ve got songs like “Hey Allison” and “You, In Weird Cities” leaning more towards the traditional punk side of things, “Nausea” being a catchy piano driven power-pop ballad, and “Novelty Sweaters” and “Hall Of Fame” sounding like pure Weezer-esque garage rock.

Lyrically, the themes are the same relatable issues that we’re used to from Jeff.  Opener “Get Old Forever” starts the album off  “When your friends are buying starter homes with their accomplishments, drinking at a house show can feel childish and embarrassing.”  Possibly the most relatable line comes from “Nausea” with the chorus “I got so tired of discussing my future I’ve started avoiding the people I love.”

We Cool is definitely a damn solid album, and any fan of Jeff’s music should go check it out.  It was a bit of a grower for me (just like Vacation), but I’m finding that I dig it more and more with each listen.

Mp3:
Jeff Rosenstock – Hey Allison

More:
Bomb The Music Industry – Vacation
Bomb The Music Industry – Adults!!! Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing
Bomb the Music Industry – Scrambles
Arrogant Sons Of Bitches – Discography

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