Review Summary: fuck being sad. I'm so over it
If the long hair, plaid shirts, torn jeans and name didn’t tip you off, Dear Seattle REALLY love the Grunge era of music. Its apparent from the opening riff of ‘The Things You Do’ that they REALLY love it. When you hear Brae’s snarky Australian Accent cut through you may be slightly confused, but do not fear, the grunge is still here.
Hailing from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Dear Seattle really came onto the scene hard with their crowd pleaser ‘The Meadows’ which involves a huge sing along chorus and drop D guitar riffs for days, mate. I won’t lie, I got caught up in ‘The Meadows’. The hype was real over here in Aus and it seemed we had a really good young band on our hands that were set to shake things up. Unfortunately, they didn’t reach the potential that they set up on this very EP.
At 6 tracks, we get to hear everything that Dear Seattle have to offer. From the pop punk inspired ‘Concrete’ which has a fantastic chorus, the anthemic tracks ‘The Meadows’ and ‘Afterthought’ and the tug-on-the-heart-strings ballad ‘Quiet’ which picks up rather nicely at the end we get to hear all sides that the lads have to offer. The shoe fits the best though when they go for the big anthemic choruses. ‘Afterthought’ being the best track they have laid down. What begins with a nice bass line the track floats along to a chorus that was made for packed pubs and drunk singalongs.
Lyrically, Brae has some great lines, and his self-aware lyricism makes everything they do just seem that little more believable and real. A favorite verse of mine comes from ‘Afterthought’ and maybe it’s just me but, damn.
“Stop trying to be somebody
You've got no job and you're wasting money
You live with your mum and you pay her nothing"
I know I'm nothing
But I'm just trying to be somebody
I've got no job and I've got no money
I think with my dick and I over-drink
But at least I'm ***ing happy
Post-Grunge is such a wonky-ass genre that labelling a band as it really has a stigma around it. This is Post-Grunge done correctly and more importantly, honestly.