October 30, 2013

LP: Upset - She's Gone

 Upset has sealed their debut album with a kiss and we’re ecstatic to be tearing into it. 

The album of the month is brought to us by the latest all-girl supergroup hot off the press, and it’s got my inner thirteen-year-old’s heart racing. The band is comprised  of Vivian Girls’ Ali Koehler, La Sera's Jennifer Prince, and Holes' Patty Schemel. Collectively, this trio just released the soundtrack that every girl with a firsthand experience of high school has been begging for: She’s Gone, the debut album for their new band which has been appropriately dubbed Upset. You won’t be the only one experiencing disremembered teen angst upturning in your belly over this album.

Upset is the supergroup of the century, and have taken the best part of each band the girls’ have spawned from; the sickeningly sweet vocals of La Sera, the thick grottiness of Hole’s guitar lines, and the lyrics that makes our heart race for Vivian Girls: “She’s a frosty teen / she’s an ice-cream / she’s super neat / all her friends are princesses / and her boyfriend is a king”. The result? Twelve tracks soaked in high school memorabilia for you to sink your teeth into. As an album, She’s Gone will slap you across the face and shove you straight back into the pages of your old journal when you still dotted your I’s with little hearts, not only musically, but lyrically as well: “First day back’s a heart attack / all full of love and crushes / I sit with headphones on / staring out windows on buses”. Just before you’re overtaken with nostalgia, Koehler will reel you back into the track each time the chorus begins again, repeating the same lines over and over as all the girls join in, egging you on to sing along to a track you’re only just hearing for the first time. Upset have pegged down the adolescence experience flawlessly, and it just makes me want to reach up to them and pinch their cheeks to thank them for scribbling all of my feelings down and writing songs about them in a way better than I could have imagined.

Be warned; with harmonies that will make your heart melt, one listen through of She’s Gone will end up with you clutching your heart and wailing along to each line as you flip through your high school yearbook and draw hearts in your crushes’ eyes. Embrace it, though – all the Upset ladies will be there holding your hand until the album is drawn to an end.


Get the album from Don Giovanni Records.

Madalyn Trewin, a scrawny Australian teenager, who is feeding her obsession with dogs, David Lynch and Daniel Johnston twenty-four hours a day. If not that, she's writing about things she likes and saturating her friends in glitter so she can take photos of them to post onto her blog