Got this as a question on my Tumblr and thought it was worth a little more thought:
What are your thoughts on dadpunk like Gaslight Anthem and Titus Andronicus? I could pretty well guess, but WTF. It’s basically beardo punk, so I assume you fucking hate it, but you might not know about it? So I thought I’d inform you of something else you are obligated to hate.
Perfect for high school graduation videos and beer commercials, amirite?
l.jsadflk;sdfklhdfjklh raging so hard
I like about 90% of the things I make fun of on this site, but I fucking completely non-ironically hate this bullshit. “Perfect for high school graduation videos and beer commercials” is about right– file under meaningfulcore, or songs that white people want to hear during the most profound, bloggable moments of their lives. Usually those moments correspond with the times that they most identify with the poor people, OTWs (“other-than-whites”), and other groups whose validation they so desperately long for.
Don’t know much about these guys but seems like their parents probably teach African-American Studies at Rutgers. As we all know, you have to rebel against your parents, so what better way to reject your fggty, upper-middle class white roots than to turn yourself into some kind of working-class, folk-punk musician who namechecks ‘authentic New Jersey highways’ while copping riffs from Bruce Springsteen.
To borrow a phrase from Henry Rollins, being a dude in your early 20s and playing ghey dadpunk like this is like breaking into your parents’ liquor cabinet and drinking the lite beer.