I've been on the search for something new lately. Something that was raw and unnerving yet gave me the desire to dance around my room or speed on the highway with the sunroof down.
Chousand's self-titled debut album did just that and more. I've never been immediately hooked onto a group and their work. Is this the equivalent of falling in love?
The pop-punk group released two singles earlier in the year, "D.O.M." and "Subaru" that made their appearance on the album. They deliver the edgy musical elements we all know and love while providing a remarkable narrative that instantly leaves you hooked to each song.
If you're a fan of Moose Blood, Sorority Noise, etc. you will be head over heels with this group.
Things this album makes me want to do: smoke cigarettes, spray paint a random brick wall, go to a house party, laugh with my friends in a Taco Bell parking lot, jump up and down at a music festival of my choice until I pass out.
Those are awfully specific and maybe a little too ~edgy but the aura rings true. It has subconsciously become the anthem of the summer adventures that I want to have.
Then when the mood has to slow down and you suddenly find that it's 3 a.m. you can play "Beautiful Morning" and find yourself grinning from ear to ear.
Cue the cheesy motivational speech.
There are certain songs that pump you up, sure. And there are songs that make you cry in the middle of the afternoon even though your life is perfectly okay-ish.
Then there are songs that seem to light up a different part of you that you didn't know existed. It's like coming home to an old friend that you didn't realize you missed.
It's comforting and exhilarating in every sense of the phrase.
Chousand has easily become one of my favorite pop-punk bands. Did I also mention that they're fans of CupcakKe? I need that collab as soon as possible.
Fun fact: in one of their EP's released in 2015, they have a song titled "Steak & Titties." If that isn't pure lyrical genus, I don't know what is.
In the meantime, I'll be listening to this album on repeat until I get sick of it and waiting to see when they'll be blessing me with tour dates.
You can listen and download their album here.