REMEMBER THIS MOMENT: Joan of Something: 7” EP

Nov 13, 2013

Remember This Moment play acoustic folk punk and cover all the tropes of the genre—furious strumming, throaty, bellowing vocals, anthemic examinations of the mundane, and heart-on-sleeve philosophy. I mean I think those are the tropes, I could be wrong. I tend to avoid this kind of thing because it makes my whole body cringe. But I would call it basic punkhouse bohemia, more like Gainesville stuff than Billy Bragg. Everyone’s got a right to be in their twenties and read Rilke or Ishmael (or whatever) and feel profound things and I won’t begrudge them that. It’s also hard to be critical of this record because, according to the liner notes, it was made for the band’s circle of friends. Like each song is specifically written for a friend of theirs. It’s a memento for a small community, and judging it by any other standard seems like a waste of time. I’m not into it, but I don’t know that I need to be. The only thing I can’t be diplomatic about is the last song (“Existence Summary”), which has no lyrics, just a bunch of “whoa-oh’s.” Absolutely inexcusable.

 –Matt Werts (Granola Bars / Lost Cat,