Spring is well upon us, and it seems like we’re close to feeling more warmth than cold. To celebrate PropertyOfZack’s favorite season before Warped Tour we’re launching a new Essential Spring Listening Discussion filled with TeamPOZ’s favorite albums for this season. Check out our guide, listen along, and feel free to reblog with your favorite spring records!
The Format - Interventions
Look, I like Dog Problems a whole bunch, but Interventions + Lullabies is so many levels above it in my mind and the allergy-filled season of spring just brings the love for it out of me. Thinking about it right now, there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing right now than playing “The First Single” on a walk across 85th street into Central Park and through the Great Lawn in New York City. Maybe I could grab an ice cream cone with raspberry sorbet inside by the time I turn around and “Sore Thumb” kicks in. Fuck, what a great record. - Zack Zarrillo
blink-182 - Enema Of the State
Spring time in Texas is kind of weird. We go from 28 degrees to 80 in the blink of an eye. And yes, 80 is our spring temperature, though next week it will be 90. Basically, this leaves very little time for driving with the windows down and sitting outside without sweating. I have a lot of albums I listen to in the summer, but since spring is so short-lived here, I only have a handful that feel truly
While it is not most people’s favorite, blink-182’s Enema of the State always signals the arrival of spring for me. It is the album I want to blast while driving around town, windows down, AC off. Listening to this album without the windows down seems almost blasphemous to me. I don’t know why I’ve attached so much nostalgia to this album, but I know every word to every song. I love summer in Texas so I think the energy and excitement I feel when listened to Enema perfectly mirrors my excitement for spring and the coming of summer. - Caitlin DeWeese
New Found Glory - Coming Home
Coming Home is my favorite New Found Glory record. “Oxygen” also may be my favorite New Found Glory song, but I think it’s the worst track on the record itself. That’s a different discussion for a different time, however.
There’s just something about Coming Home in the springtime that makes me feel like the flowers are blooming and everything is coming to life again. The struggles of winter (the band being on tour, always) are coming to an end and the joy in the warmth of spring (coming home, duh) is finally here. Those Eisley ladies really, really add so much to the final tracks as well. - Zack Zarrillo
The Promise Ring - Very Emergency
The Promise Ring are mostly revered for their beautiful bummer-fest Nothing Feels Good, but for my money they were never more exciting than on that album’s bouncy, bright follow-up, Very Emergency. It’s no longer 30 degrees everywhere — Spring is here, and right from the opener, “Happiness Is All The Rage,” the clothes are off and the frolicking’s begun. A celebration of love, sex and new beginnings full of giant choruses (“Emergency! Emergency!”) and racing backbeats (“Skips A Beat”), Very Emergency proves that if wearing your heart on your sleeve in the sad times feels freeing, doing so during the happy times can just as liberating — and twice as fun. - Jesse Richman