You notice how I did some rhyming in the title? Cute points!
National holiday week continues in North America: Tuesday was Canada Day, and we did a corresponding edition of “Track Listing” in honour, and tomorrow is America’s Independence Day. With that, let’s…well, do a corresponding edition of “Track Listing”. Again, this will be music conducive to celebrating Independence Day, be it with USA-related themes or just simply “good time” stuff from American artists regardless of subject matter:
Amber Pacific – “Summer (In B)”
Seattle’s Amber Pacific have reunited with original vocalist Matt Young and will release The Turn later this summer, their first album in four years. Found on 2007’s Truth in Sincerity, “Summer (In B)” is a rockin’ punk blast that’s equal parts sad and hopeful. Our summer is of course just getting started, but you should totally rock this one before it fades to cold autumn days….rock it July 4th, in fact.
Autopilot Off – “The 12th Day”
These guys. These guys right here. Hailing from Orange County….NEW YORK (whatt?????? It’s in the New York City area) Autopilot Off are thankfully back together and working on new music. 2004’s major label debut Make A Sound features “The 12th Day”, an ode to resilience and recovery beginning the day after 9/11. Patriot Day exists for September 11th itself, but after 2001 Independence Day took on even more, and you can remember the spirit of the American people – and rock the f out – with this one.
The Summer Set – “Boomerang”
You know who does pop-rock well? Scottsdale, Arizona’s The Summer Set. The first single off last year’s Legendary, “Boomerang” provides the catchy tune, upbeat lyrics like “If I was Jay-Z, you’d be my Beyonce/we could rock the nation like they do” and woos and ooo ooo ooos. That, and the band has “summer” in their name! How could they not be part of a…wait for it…SUMMER SET!?
Real Friends – “Late Nights In My Car”
In some ways Independence Day, much like summer itself, is about reflection. Reflecting on an America pre-9/11, pre-Obama or whatever President or politician you don’t like, whatever. Reminiscing with friends and/or family you only get to see in summer vacations because of school or the real world taking you elsewhere. Nostalgia runs deep and can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be sad and sometimes not just because it’s no longer the present. Ever been up in the Midwest with sleepy eyes? Chicago’s Real Friends have, and they get it.
Modern Baseball – “The Weekend”
This year, Independence Day falls on a Friday – that’s means LONG WEEKEND! Chances are you’re attending a party or some kind of festive gathering, and you should totally get covered in custard and cookies and cream – and then someone could lick it off you, right? That’s erotic. This song’s actually an ode to going out, being awkward and just rollin’ with it. Hey, that’s life. Plus, Modern Baseball are from Philadelphia – you know, only the birthplace of America, for Christ’s sake!
State Champs – “Elevated”
When immigrants crossed the Atlantic in search of a better life, they were welcomed by New York’s Statue of Liberty. Today, if you went upstate to the capital of Albany, you’d find State Champs. “Elevated” is just good-ass pop-punk, found on their latest album The Finer Things, released last fall. If holidays make you feel whole again, you need some State Champs on Independence Day. You can also grab their merch at Hot Topic, while is like “zomg RLY no wai selloutssss!!!!!1!1” according to crazy elitists who frown on anything that helps bands be bands for a living, even still in the year goddamn 2014.
Fireworks – “Summer”
Hailing from the Detroit area, Fireworks are called fireworks and we’re talking Independence Day! If you can appreciate longing for DC at 2am under Lincoln, “Stand By Me” movie references, songs called “Summer” that mention fireworks by bands called Fireworks, and pop-punk, you can appreciate this offering for your Independence Day soundtrack.
Much like with the last post, I tried to pick artists and/or songs that we haven’t talked about as much. Whatever you listen to if you celebrate Independence Day – American or not – have a good-ass day tomorrow.