When I first started getting into my own music, my mother and I clashed almost immediately. She’s an avid fan of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and other similar musicians, while I got into loud music with screaming in it. While my musical palette has certainly expanded since then, it’s gone into territories that my mom probably wouldn’t want to explore. Here are three examples of songs I’m sure my mom would hate.
1. “Who Is Thomas Driscoll?” – Cut Teeth
This song is loud, it’s rambunctious, it’s gritty, and I love it. Dustin Currier (formerly of The Felix Culpa) roars a throat shredding scream over the galloping metallic guitars, and if you listen with headphones, you can hear my mom in the back shouting “why are you listening to this!?” This is the kind of music where you don’t mind it making your walls shake, unless you happen to be my mom.
2. “Rabbit” – TTNG
TTNG (formerly This Town Needs Guns) are known worldwide for their knack for making your head spin. The brothers Collis’s guitar and drum parts are locked in on meters that force you to sit down and study them with legato vocals overhead. This song especially jumps from eery dissonance to gorgeous vocals over a beautiful string session, all the while demanding your focus if you don’t want to lose your place among the time signature switches. I can just imagine my mom trying to bob her head to this with a furrowed brow. “Why can’t they just play something that makes sense?”
3. “Back To Back” – The Chariot
Remember what I said about Cut Teeth? That’s nothing compared to the onslaught of sound that is The Chariot. Josh Scogin’s scream is one of the best in aggressive music for a reason, and it’s exemplified here, dancing between crystalline lyrics and unintelligible shrieking. The guitars are so heavy they could could crush a diamond. Structure be damned, both sonically and literally. The song both starts and ends in the middle of scream and it’s almost impossible without listening multiple times (if you can handle that). If “Who Is Thomas Driscoll?” makes your walls shake, then “Back To Back” makes your house fall down, and my mom likes our house.