Published Feb 28, 2017Philly punk outfit Pissed Jeans return after a four-year gap with Why Love Now, a raucous and unsparing take on the monotony of modern life. While the ferocity of Pissed Jeans may not be for the faint of heart, their intensity is justified; in his guttural growl, frontman Matt Korvette sings of the frustrations of desire, masculinity and mundane office life throughout the album's 12 tracks, a background of thunderous drum hits, heavily distorted bass tones and thrashing guitar riffs.
If you can where Korvette's gravelly wail is in full force, Why Love Now's second track "The Bar Is Low" packs an anthemic punch in its lamentation of the low standard set for "good" men these days. The album's focal point comes at the halfway point with "I'm a Man," featuring the spoken word of author Lindsay Hunter narrating the thoughts of a greasy, creepy colleague who you would do anything to avoid being alone at the water cooler with. The thunderous pounding of drummer Sean McGuinness helps to amplify the intensity of the lyrics.
Why Love Now shows Pissed Jeans' songwriting reaching new peaks of awareness and focus, all the while remaining true to their brand of dissonant punk. (Sub Pop)