Fireworks performed “One More Creature Dizzy With Love” for a Nervous Energies Session. Watch the video below after the jump.
The GK Tour: New Found Glory, We Are The In Crowd, Fireworks
by Erik van Rheenen, edited by Jesse Richman
“…It’s apparent that when one engages with pop-punk, it’s less of a “phase” than a vaccination—a crucial inoculation that makes you immune to it for the rest of your life, presumably for society’s benefit. So it’s not surprising that pop-punk isn’t afforded the same cachet amongst critics as similarly youth-oriented genres: after all, there’s nothing subversive or cool about your 13-year-old self, and there haven’t been many examples of its practitioners aging gracefully.” - Ian Cohen, Oh, Common Life.
When Say Anything rounded off the band’s artillery blast opus …Is a Real Boy with the acerbic “Admit It!!!,” Max Bemis verbally crucified 2004’s burgeoning hipster culture by attacking an anonymous “you.” It’s transparently obvious that the tongue-lashed antagonist of “Admit It!!!” represents a faithful acolyte of indie rock trends — a faux-bohemian “vacuous soldier of the thrift store Gestapo” — but he only draws Bemis’s ire as a hipster everyman.
Instead, Bemis saved the specifics for the song’s sequel, which pockmarks 2012’s less well-received Anarchy, My Dear. When he Admits It again with a second (though by no means last) indictment of indie rock culture, Bemis wags an unwavering finger in Pitchfork’s direction, calling out the influential indie rock gatekeeper as “a stupid website with Satan as its figurehead.” For all of the positives to be found in the music created by “the scene” * — the early-2000s commercial viability, the subculture of positivity in which young punks saw more of themselves than in more mainstream music offerings, the community-building that unified fans — the majority of it was never going to be hailed as a critical darling or Pitchfork-approved.