October 22, 2013

EP: Jawbreaker Reunion - Tearing Down Posters

Be warned: you will have an irresistible urge to dance.

As someone who always complains that there need to be more girl bands, I don't have the guts to actually form a group, much less release an EP on the internet. Therefore, anyone who can make music is infinitely cooler than me, and you can write on my tombstone that I never reached total cool girl status. Jawbreaker Reunion is four cool kids from Bard College who describes themselves as "kind of like the Spice Girls but more like Bob Hoskins." They are: badass lead guitarist and vocalist Lily Mastrodimos, sassy rhythm guitarist and vocalist Bella Mazzetti, rad drummer Andrea Szegedy-Maszak, and dude bassist Nick Binnette. Tearing Down Posters is the band's second EP, but these babes have grown considerably since January's Hex On the Beach EP, which contains classic titles like "Beer and Loathing" and "Jeggings (I'm Not a Chola)."

I first listened Tearing Down Posters while studying for a midterm, which was kind of a mistake because I got super distracted and wanted to dance around the library. The songs are quick and catchy, and I wish there were more because I can't get enough. The title track, "Tearing Down Posters," is a cooing ode to unrequited love and unclear relationships (too real). It begins like a soft lullaby, but when it becomes jangly twee, it's impossible not to pay attention. The hook, "I want to see you every day you make me crazy / She wants to see you every day you make her crazy" is loving, but grows more urgent as the song progresses. "Tearing Down Posters" is devotional, but unlike a sappy sweet disgusting love song (see "Hopelessly Devoted To You" from Grease, ugh), the song ends on the powerful note "I don't wanna sit around and mope, so don't give me false hope." Preach. The second track is "My Own," and I want to coin it as Jawbreaker Reunion's "Independent Women." The song is about not waiting for or needing a crappy boy who doesn't treat you like you KNOW you deserve, and going out on your own! Seriously, the lyric "I'm not looking for Prince Charming, just a fucker with some charm" is monumental. Lily's voice is powerful, comforting, and snarling, paired against some sweet backup "ahhhhs" and soft drums. "My Own" says, "hanging with my friends it's a good time," and when I listen to Jawbreaker Reunion, there is nothing I would rather be doing.


Listen to more Jawbreaker Reunion on bandcamp.

Written by Quinn Moreland