Disclaimer: There’s some mild self-indulgence here. First, the editor is the drummer, and pretty much everyone’s been a Go Metric! contributor at some point. I’ve been in more than one band with said editor at this point, and played every Egghead. reunion show in New York in the past few years. You can see me in a picture liner notes. I absolutely love these guys, just as people, even before getting to their band.
Disregarding that, I love this record. Egghead. have always been great in the sense that they couldn’t be more of a pop punk band, yet have managed to avoid sounding like a Ramones/Queers/Younameit-core rip off. I think the secret is that they’re actually so unbelievably confidant in who they are and willing to wear their less conventional influences on their sleeves, because this is a perfect reflection of that. Case in point; what’s the last punk record you listened to that opened with an overture?
I also find it interesting that it’s a mix of old, almost forgotten songs and new. I also can’t help but feel like it could be a glimpse into my own future. Putting songs like “What The Hell Is She Thinking?” next to “We Brought It Back.” It makes it feel less like a ‘comeback album,’ and just a ‘good’ album (even if it’s at their own pace). As a nerdy punk rocker in my late twenties who often finds himself depressed, listening to this is like my “It Gets Better” video.