Released on: 24 April 2012
They’re from: Boston, MA
Sounds like: what American Football would sound like if the band members were angsty instead of sad.
Hear it: Bandcamp
I’ll admit, I only checked out You Blew It!’s new album Grow Up, Dude because the band/album names were so odd. I’m hoping that by writing some words about it that you will listen for entirely different reasons.
You Blew It! play a quintessentially-early 00s brand of emo. Think lightly mathy instrumentation, pedestrian vocals with an emotional rasp, lax but completely listenable production, and tons of heart. Basically, the definition of today’s “twinkly” genre. I use this description a lot, but these guys are a sonic time machine. I think early Saddle Creek acts when I listen, like Gabardine or Park Ave., I think the old roster of Deep Elm Records.
Is there merit beyond the nostalgia trip, though? That I don’t know. If you’re a fan of sleepy, lo-fi indie rock, You Blew It! definitely don’t blow it. But you also won’t be blown away? Okay, okay I’m making shitty puns time to wrap this up.
“Good for Bond, Bad for You” is a pretty choice cut. So is “I’m Bill Paxton.” If you’re on the fence, skip there and see how the music hits you.