JEFF ROSENSTOCK – ” No Dream “

Posted: June 14, 2020 in MUSIC
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Jeff Rosenstock is back with a new 58-second song and it’s a lo-fi beach-punk ripper that sounds more like Wavves than you might expect from Jeff Rosenstock. It’s fun stuff and you can listen, I’m a musician from Brooklyn via Long Island (which I guess is like saying Long Island via Long Island) who has sang and written songs for Bomb the Music Industry!, Kudrow and The Arrogant Sons of Bitches.

Teenage Stepdad specialises in surreal, satirical and left-leaning pastiches of retro adverts, a theme retained for Scram!’s music video. Rosenstock appears in the local-access themed clip alongside his long-serving backing band, Death Rosenstock. The band is composed of bassist John DeDomenici, drummer Kevin Higuchi, multi-instrumentalist Dan Potthast and guitarist Mike Huguenor.

If you look closely, you can also see that the video was filmed during lockdown, with everyone involved filming and submitting their parts remotely. The video marks Rosenstock’s first video in almost exactly two years, following 2018’s All This Useless Energy.

If anyone can sum up the anxiety that inherently comes with living in a year like 2020, it’s Jeff Rosenstock. It was a pleasant surprise when he randomly released this album during quarantine with no prior warning; it was much like a breath of fresh air after being stuck inside for so long. Or, more fittingly, like a great, sweaty pit at a punk show after not going to gigs for months. The opener “No Time” catapults the album straight into his brand of catchy, hyperspeed punk with anxious vocals. He shouts, “When you wake, does it feel like you have a purpose?” His humour is best on ***BNB,” where Rosenstock is narrating the life of someone who’s having an identity crisis in Airbnbs. It ends on a comically dark note: “I’ll black out on the plane / Mumbling in the dark and living vicariously / Through a photo album in a stranger’s BNB.”

I’ve also played in The Biscuits, The Simpsons, Bruce Lee Band, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Mustard Plug and Shinobu over the years.“ They were separating families carelessly under the guise of protecting you and me,” Jeff Rosenstock wails. The Long Island-bred Rosenstock is a master of strident uncertainty, and his version of pop-punk has a way of articulating what it’s like to try to live life in no-hope capitalist dystopia. Most of No Dream is about stumbling along, being in love, dealing with guilt. But all of Rosenstock’s electro-shock hooks and searching lyrics work against a backdrop of intolerable widespread injustice, and he never loses sight of that. When No Dream dropped without warning, it worked as a forceful reassurance. Even if none of us know how to process this shit, we are not alone.

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No Dream is the 4th studio record from the Death Rosenstock band full of chords, words, beats and more! Tracked live in a big room for that classic “is that a mistake?” sound by Grammy-nominated recorded “Grammy Jack” Shirley, you are GUARANTEED to have not heard this record before you’ve listened to it! We hope it makes you feel good, but if it doesn’t, that’s on you sorry.
Released May 20th, 2020
The Band:
JOHN DEDOMENICI – BASS
KEVIN HIGUCHI – DRUMS
MIKE HUGUENOR – GUITAR, VOCALS
DAN POTTHAST – ACOUSTIC GUITAR, KEYS, VOCALS
JEFF ROSENSTOCK – VOCALS, GUITAR, KEYS N MORELAUREN BRIEF – VOCALS ON 4
CHRIS FARREN – KEYS, VOCALS ON 8 ‘N’ 12
LAURA STEVENSON – VOCALS ON 3, 6, 7, 8 ‘N’ 12
BOB VIELMA – TROMBONE ON 6, 10 ‘N’ 13

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