Weekendcore: Head Automatica – “Graduation Day”

The nostalgia is right in this screenshot!

Post-secondary schools are right in the thick of grad time, and the younger students in grade school aren’t far off.  So, here’s a little something for everyone that isn’t Eve 6 or Vitamin C (!) – not that there’s anything wrong with that, they’re fine!

Head Automatica is the side project of Glassjaw frontman Daryl Palumbo.  The former are a bit lighter, skewing more towards power pop than the latter’s post-hardcore vibe.  Their last album was 2006’s Popaganda, and “Graduation Day” is the opener.  The song seems to largely be a metaphor for getting out of a bad situation (“Smudged funnies in a broken bottle on the dot at nine/Daddy throws clothes, throws on an old stove”) so it’s not exactly full of wistfully poignant bittersweetness or whatever the F.  It does get a bit more literal later on (“September/As far as she remember, they don’t teach humility” and the chorus of “Graduation day/We take back everything we said about you”), so leaving school isn’t likely just about leaving school.

Head Automatica make good use of harmonies, and “Graduation Day” actually features those from Gerard Way.  So, good luck to all grads and, if your current situation is dicey, I genuinely hope it gets better as you move on.

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