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A Review of Total Yuppie's Pleasantries
Deep into summer, I have been hiking, painting, and spending most of my days outside riding my bicycle or walking my dog. I have rolled down all the windows of my car and turned the music up. That is how Punk Rock should be played. Sometimes, I feel like if you play it loud enough the words will tattoo onto your heart. I stumbled across this band, Total Yuppies, early in July on Bandcamp for their album release and it has really reflected the feeling of summer fully. It also gives me that nostalgia of my younger high school and college days where I listened to Against Me!, New Found Glory, and Piebald all at the same time. The summers that for me were filled up with showing up to underground shows in sketchy run down restaurants or a friend’s basement and even though it was 100 degrees outside, I wore jeans, a band t-shirt, and a blazer that matched. I held hands with my friends while we sat on questionable couches talking about how to battle heart break, schoolwork, and our dreams. I can’t say that I miss the blazers or the heartbreaks that happened back in those days, but this band makes me miss the music that surrounded it.
Their album, Pleasantries, is fully equipped with catchy melodies, head bobs, and that good energy that makes your heart bounce around like the beaming sun of July. I find myself singing along loudly and trying to have enough breath after shouting to get to the little “oooo’s” that really add to the harmony of the songs.
The album begins with “Dreaming”, which opens up with a dreamy guitar riff and catchy lyrics. The dualism of the happy catchy lyrics and feel good melody along with the emotions about what it’s like to leave college and become a grown up is the perfect natural combo. The next track “I feel Busted”, starts out with almost an a Capella sound matched with surfer guitar riffs that makes you want to jump in the ocean, but also reminds us of what it feels like to be alone with ourselves. Although, this is a short album, the lyrics almost possess a natural harmony and continue to still give us the grounding feeling of being in a punk rock song that is questioning the constructs of society and our humanity. That’s why I love Punk Music so much. It’s all about the varieties of ways that we can feel something and stand up for our whole entire being.
I think my favorite song on the entire album is “Middle Afternoon” that talks about heartbreak and the nostalgia that arises when we see or meet up with our exes. My favorite line is “I left my possessions in your apartment back in two thousand and thirteen.” It just opens up my heart to the poetry that is inside this catchy album and instrumentally, in my opinion, this is the best tribute song to that era where Pop Punk was booming. There is screaming, harmonizing drums with vocals, catchy bouncy feel good guitar riffs, and most of all, the lyrics that wake up your heart and bring your brain directly to a moment or experience in life that your heart was bare and open and bleeding.
Overall, this album might be short, since it is only six songs, but I have it looped on repeat in my music player and I haven’t gotten tired of it since its release on the first of July. It is a beautiful harmonizing album that is perfect for a Summer of Love. A summer of feelings. A summer of Heart and Punk Rock. The Total Yuppies take an old sound and make it new again. And if you are like me, a fairy punk that walks the earth with her heart bare and her voice loud, you will love this album and will be keeping an eye out for more from this band.
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