Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Old School Blues - Desk Job (Single Review)


By Maryann Turoci


This song immediately hits me with memories of high school. It reminds me of sprinting on my bike to my best friend’s house after getting off the bus and staying up late running around town or sneaking booze to the bridge in a water bottle just so we could laugh and watch the sunset. It reminds me of crazy summer days driving with the windows down and stopping to get milkshakes with friends. It makes you think of old Blink 182 songs as well as Green Day. The name of the song comes through as the singer says he wants to get rid of these “old school blues,” which is also the name of the song and it goes perfectly with the genre. It goes back to the punk rock or alternative rock of the late ‘80s through ‘90s. Simple lyrics like trying to get rid of anger and “I hope nobody asks me about the books I never read.” As if those iconic books most people read in schools are also the one’s a lot of kids pretended to read. It’s a nice reminder that not everyone’s perfect like in all those movies that show how things go on in high school (save the Breakfast Club).

 It’s a perfect homage to people in college now or people who maybe find themselves stuck where they don’t want to be. The lyrics show that although it’s rough right now, although there’s a lot of anger and “old school blues,” that it’s going to get better. The song brought back memories of Blink 182’s “Adam’s Song.” Mark Hoppus sings about how “16 held such better days” but towards the end of the song he changes the lyric to sing “tomorrow holds such better days, days when I could still feel alive.”

  This song is so similar but also has its own beat and is good at bringing back memories of the past while simultaneously making the listener excited for the future. Lines that speak about how there were chances that could’ve been taken the chances that are no longer possible. “Maybe one day I’ll see a little more than two feet in front of me.” The song takes a lot of depression and even angst and anger from the past but pushes it to show a brighter future. Just like songs from Blink 182 it takes all these emotions and somehow creates a song that you can listen to when angry or when you’re having a good time at a party. It can be a song that’s listened to during good or bad. It’s a reminder that we can be clouded by things that are happening right now or by issues of the past. It’s a reminder that sometimes depression or even just depressing or anxious thoughts can take hold, but just like in Blink 182’s song, it later brings some sense of hope while still pumping your blood and making you want to jump around the room.