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Best New Music: POST- by Jeff Rosenstock

Let’s start with a recommendation. If you haven’t done it yet, go immediately to Jeff Rosenstock‘s bandcamp page and download his latest album, POST-, which is available for download by paying a free offer (even zero). Then, once you’ve got the LP, come back here and read the review. 😉

Jeff Rosenstock is an american rocker from Long Island who’s playing punk since a couple of decades. He started singing in a few relatively influential local bands such as The Arrogant Sons of Bitches, Bomb the Music Industry!, Pegasuses-XL and Kudrow. After the breakup of Bomb the Music Industry!, in 2013, he eventually began a solo career which generated already three full-length albums. The last one, POST-, was published on January 1st, 2018 and made available for free download.

There could be many ways to describe Rosenstock’s music and in particular the collection of songs that populate his latest album. Surely we could begin by describing the punk roots that are innervated in all the main songs of the album, and then continue with the introduction of the individual pieces. We could speak in particular of the track called USA, which is undoubtedly the most important and significant song of the album in its 7 and a half minutes of pure rage and despair. But what I will say, instead, is that POST- is an album full of contradictions, not homogeneous in its constituting parts, sometimes completely busted, but probably the best representation of the world in which we live today. It didn’t happen to me since a long time to listen to an album and feel to be a part of it. POST- is a genuine, immediate and fresh rock’n’roll album that speaks to you as a friend, with songs that become more engaging each time you listen to them.

Surely there are highs and lows among the ten tracks that compose the record. The structure is also completely out of the standard: there are two masterpieces – and also the longest and deepest tracks – that open and close the album. And in the middle we have an handful of quick punk sketches that flow away one after the other. Crazy? Brilliant? It’s up to you to decide, anyway it works.

I think that the music produced by Jeff Rosenstock and his bandmates is the truest version of punk that is in circulation today. Not the street punk which tries to imitate the atmospheres of the 70s,  and not even the ska-punk which has been so much succesful in the last years. This is a raw and honest music that speaks from the heart. Compliments.


Jeff Rosenstock, “USA”

Dumbfounded, downtrodden and dejected
Crestfallen, grief-stricken and exhausted
Trapped in my room while the house was burnin’
To the motherfuckin’ ground

I saw the sign but it was misleading
I fought the law, but the law was cheating
Screaming for help, but somebody keeps on
Telling me to settle down

Please be honest, tell me was it you?

Clerk at the midwestern service station
Striped uniform, giggling at catch phrases
Look in her eyes we’re up to something
Oh, it doesn’t matter now

Man in a crossover with his family
Sketched in decals on the window smiling
Driving parallel in the lane beside me
Oh, it doesn’t matter now
But please be honest
Tell me was it you?
I won’t hate you
I just need to know
Please be honest
Tell me was it you?

At first he thought it was the undertow
But he was dragged to the bottom of the lake
By a couple of kids saying, “it’s a joke”
Though he didn’t know any of their names
As they held him down, the crowd got loud
And they cheered when they thought he had escaped
When the anchor needed something for the 10 o’clock
What could they say?
Oh what else could they say?

They said
“Well, you promised us the stars
And now we’re tired and bored.”

et tu, USA

et tu et tu, USA


 

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1 comment on “Best New Music: POST- by Jeff Rosenstock

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