Posts Tagged ‘No Dream’

On his fourth solo record, the former frontman of Bomb The Music Industry! new intense highlights. The current and anxious texts occupy a prominent place for the solid skater punk and power pop background. Songs like “Scram!” and “Monday At The Beach” have a very high roar and the scream at the end of “N O D R E A M” comes straight from a Converge project. Despite the few instrumental breathers and the seemingly playful vocals, the lyrics remain very introspective and authentic. Rosenstock finds on NO DREAM the furore and passion that made Worry (2015) so great and which was painfully absent at Post-(2018).

Jeff Rosenstock performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded August 20th, 2018.

Songs: USA Yr Throat All This Useless Energy The Trash The Trash The Trash

After living his whole life in New York, Jeff Rosenstock moved to L.A. while making this one, and that’s reflected not just on the album artwork but in the sound of these songs. This sounds more like a ’90s California pop punk record than anything else Jeff has made as a solo artist, and Jeff knows how to recreate ’90s California pop punk in a way that sounds tasteful and fresh. “No Dream” might be the most wall-to-wall fun album Jeff has released under his own name — almost all the songs are short, fast, punchy, and Jeff even writes “we hope it makes you feel good” on his Bandcamp — but like his last few albums, it’s fun music with a purpose. It may sound like classic pop punk but the lyrics are never carefree or juvenile or any other negative stereotype associated with the genre. “No Dream” is an angry, socially conscious record that tackles Trump’s immigration policies, capitalism, hypocrisy, and other topics in a way that’s smart, incisive and avoids cliche punk sloganeering. No Dream makes you feel good, but it also makes you think, and as has been the case with Jeff’s last few records, I have a feeling it’ll keep making you think as time goes on. His music has an immediacy and instant adrenaline rush to it, but it also has layers buried deep within the songs that reveal themselves over time. I can’t claim to have cracked the surface just 48 hours after the album came into our lives, but I already can tell there’s a lot to dig into on No Dream, and that it’s gonna be worth it.

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For many years, Long Island DIY pop-punker Jeff Rosenstock has been writing urgent, biting, extremely catchy songs about smart-phone anxiety and late-capitalist collapse. The message hasn’t changed, but the substance seems to get more urgent all the time, and so does the music. Rosenstock and his furious Death Rosenstock band recorded No Dream live to tape, all the better to capture the euphoric energy of their live shows, and the album bursts with hooks and ideas. It ends with “Ohio Tpke,” a masterfully Springsteenian six-minute lament about how road life can destroy you. I bet Rosenstock misses it so bad right now.

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 MORE

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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