Jeff Rosenstock – “You, In Weird Cities” (Stereogum Premiere)
Jeff Rosenstock spent much of the past decade as the ringleader for the amorphous Brooklyn-based punk collective Bomb The Music Industry!, whose epic run came to a close last year. But Rosenstock hasn’t stopped working: In 2014, he had his hand in five different projects. My favorite of those was Antarctigo Vespucci — a collaboration with Fake Problem’s Chris Farren — who released two tender-hearted and emotionally devastating EPs that ranked among the best of the year. Next month, he’ll be putting out his second solo album. We Cool? is the culmination of a long career, and it rocks with the well-practiced spontaneity that Rosenstock has been honing for years. “You In Weird Cities” is an amped-up cut from the record, where every line feels like there’s an exclamation mark at the end of it. “When I listen to your records, it’s like I’m hanging out with you!” Rosenstock yells. He’s always had a knack for creating warm, absurdly fun, and slightly bitter punk anthems like no other, and this one’s no different. Check it out below.
We Cool? is out 3/3 via Side One Dummy.