I know people say this a lot about bands they like, but I really am amazed that Wheat were never bigger than they were. At their best, like right here, they made nearly-perfect indie pop… the type of songs that you’d find on a mixtape and immediately have to grab the case and find out the name of the band.
I particularly love this song because it’s one of those rare instances where a band manages to perfectly convey an emotion—in this case, longing—in both mucis and lyric.
This comes from their 1999 minor masterpiece, Hope and Adams, which they’ve just re-issued in a deluxe package along with their first album, Medrios.
There’s something here that I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe it’s the way the song spends almost a minute working up the courage to even begin in earnest. The way the guitars sound like jangled nerves, once their riffs finally kick in. The way the drums sound like they’ve had waaaay too much coffee on an empty stomach. All leading up to the band finally getting off it their collective chests:
I got a question:
Do you like me?
(Full disclosure: Ok, so I couldn’t be any later to the Fugazi party if I tried. To be honest, the only reason I got into them at all was this mixtape, which caused me to burn through my February (and most of my March) eMusic downloads. What can I say? I’m a fast learner)
The ‘80s recessions were economically different from the one we are currently experiencing, with different causes and impacts. But for the person who has lost her home, wrecked her credit, and can’t find work, what’s the difference?
- from an excellent piece at PopMatters examine’s Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 masterpice Nebraska through the lens of our current socioeconomic climate.