When Pissed Jeans
started making noise on Sub Pop records in 2007, they appeared as an unlikely force. Pennsylvania may seem like a strange place for a post hardcore revolution to take place, but believe it or not, that's exactly where it has happened. Perhaps this is attributable to the state's long history of working class ethics, which has often been an essential component to the DIY aesthetics of post hardcore. Following in the footsteps of fore bearers Black Flag and Murphy's Law, Allentown, PA now has a band fighting on the post hardcore frontline. It's true, Pissed Jeans have achieved success by remaining true to the aforementioned virtues of their home state. They got their start releasing a slew of singles and quickly put together their first album followed by an EP. They got the attention of Sub Pop
, and quickly became a flagship artist for the label. The guys from Allentown didn't slow up either. In a relatively short time span, the band has managed to release three albums, all of which expand upon their penchant for creating angry, adrenaline-fueled post hardcore.
So here we are with Pissed Jeans and their album Honeys
, which seems like an obvious revolt against the state of our world today. While streaming this album prior to its release was hardly intended as a subversive act, it ends up becoming exactly that by its own virtue. Sonically, the music deals with a self described "adult angst" that is equally reflected in the lyrics. In "Cafeteria Food," the fifth cut on the album, Matt Korvette expresses simultaneous nostalgia and revolt against suburban life when he observes that his neighbor has a "Stick figure family" on the back of his car. Tracks such as "Chain Worker" contain heavy bass and public address system vocals. The surrounding instrumentation is pretty much what should be expected from a post hardcore band. The constant presence of the fuzzed-out distortion on guitar is mixed with feedback at precise moments. Much of the material deals with a loss of innocence and the shocks of being forced to assimilate into a mature, corporate universe. This is the crux of Korvette's "adult angst" thesis. It's all about dealing with mature issues in a decidedly immature manner. Some of the best lyrics find Korvette stating the obvious. "Go ahead, use the microwave/It's an excellent kitchen tool," he says with a hint of contempt. On an album where growing up is equated to an obituary, it's all pretty fitting.
Check out their new music video for "Bathroom Laughter" below: