Thoughts on growing out of pop punk music from the early 2000s.

I Hope You’ve Had The Time of Your Life

I’ve always felt like Green Day has been trying to re-capture the magic of American Idiot for almost 20 years now.

Their newest single The American Dream Is Killing Me doesn’t do much to convince me otherwise.

The most egregious attempt at trying to make the American Idiot lightning strike twice was 21st Century Breakdown.  And to be clear, this isn’t a slight against the album at all.  In many ways it’s actually a much better album that American Idiot.

But you can’t cross the same river twice.  There will never be another American Idiot.  Not just for Green Day, but for anyone.  The influence a piece of art has, and the impact it makes, has as much to do with the work itself as it does with the time it was released.

(Not) Feeling This

Though out of all the pop-punk bands in the world, the band that I think I may be most disappointed with is Blink-182.

Mark and Tom are still mediocre at their instruments.  And I know how elitist and judgemental it sounds, but if you’ve been playing for over thirty years you’d think you’d want to try something besides power chords and root note bass lines.  It just blows my mind that people can spend that much time doing something and never be curious enough to try anything new.

Though the most disappointing thing is that they actually ventured out and wrote new and more challenging music when blink was broken up.  Whether or not you enjoyed Angels and Airwaves, at least Tom was doing something different.  Boxcar racer, while still very clearly a blink-esque band, at least went places blink wasn’t going to go. (If it’s not already obvious, I didn’t think much of blink-lite +44).

Also maybe at a certain point the jerk off humour gets a little stale?

Long time readers know I’m a big fan of Jacob Collier. My opinion, and my bet, is that he’ll go down in history as more than a generational talent. He’s breaking rules and creating music that no one has imagined or dreamed of before, and even the best musicians are stumped by how his creations […]

Weirdly, I’ve always had the exact opposite take on the incomprehensibly talented Jacob Collier.

His original music really doesn’t do anything for me, but I think his covers are phenomenal.  (I think the only Jacob Collier song I enjoy is Hideaway.)

For me he is the ultimate proof that being a good composer is completely separate from being a good performer.  And that having an incredibly deep knowledge of music’s inner workings does not guarantee that you’ll apply this knowledge in an engaging way.