Do you ever remember a song from 15 years ago, then all of a sudden it’s 12AM and you’re knee deep in music from your adolescence?
What started with singing a random Cartel song in the shower led to a repressed memory about how I used to set my iPod Photo alarm to play Chroma in full (if you remember this feature on iPods then you’re a real one). My brain simply couldn’t leave it at that, it just had to go and spiral down a deep deep hole from the Myspace Era.
First, I revisited the entire Cartel catalog. There isn’t a bad record at all. Every song slaps. That Wyclef Jean Remix? A gift we didn’t know we needed at the time. I promise this piece isn’t just going to be me hyping up a band we all love. Once I got to Cycles it was like a ride back to the School Of Rock NJ in the pouring rain. I remember it like it was yesterday (more like 12 years ago), getting hyped to see the perfect tour package consisting of Cartel, The Summer Set, This Providence, and The Bigger Lights. This is what sparked my deep dive into Myspace bands.
It was like this unlocked the floodgates into memories and songs I forgot about. You’ve got Artist vs. Poet, The Rocket Summer, The Downtown Fiction, Mercy Mercedes, Brighten, Single File, Hey Monday, The Friday Night Boys…the list is endless. So I did what any sane person would do, I looked up my fave bands from when I was fifteen AND I made a playlist of all the songs that were likely on my Myspace player. Turns out a lot changes in a decade, they’re all parents now, spouses, or writing for the biggest artists in music. Some of them even ended up at idobi with me (Hi Ryan and Jess, here are photos of us from 12 years ago).
The one thing that hasn’t changed is that this music influenced my formative years and it just wouldn’t have been the same without any one of these bands.
Cartel – Honestly This Providence – Letdown The Bigger Lights – Closer (Time Stops Breathing) The Summer Set – Cross Your Fingers Artist vs. Poet – Assurance Closure The Rocket Summer – Brat Pack The Downtown Fiction – I Just Wanna Run Mercy Mercedes – The Perfect Scene Brighten – Carolina Single File – Zombies Ate My Neighbors Hey Monday – How You Love Me Now The Friday Night Boys – Suicide Sunday Cartel – Faster Ride My Favorite Highway – Say So A Rocket To The Moon – Dakota Sparks The Rescue – Autumn The Scene Aesthetic – Beauty In The Breakdown The Maine – The Way We Talk The Audition – My Temperature Is Rising All Time Low – Jasey Rae (Punk Goes Acoustic Version) Paramore – Pressure Boys Like Girls – Five Minutes To Midnight The Secret Handshake – All for You Danger Radio – Alive for the First Time Go Radio – Letters and Love Notes Valencia – Where Did You Go? Something Corporate – Punk Rock Princess Motion City Soundtrack – L.G. FUAD The Spill Canvas – All over You The Cab – I’ll Run We Are The In Crowd – Never Be What You Want Sing It Loud – Come Around The Higher – Histrionics Cobra Starship – Guilty Pleasure There For Tomorrow – The Joyride Bayside – Duality