The Frights Face Reality

By: India Slodki

Thanks to songs like “Tungs” and “Crust Bucket”, I used to associate The Frights with the fire of one’s teenage years. A revitalization of punk at best, hopeless romantics at worst, The Frights always made me yearn for a reckless adventure. However, with their new album, it seems they’re starting to face what happens after the dancing on tables and kissing strangers ends. 

The Fright’s new album, Everything Seems Like Yesterday, was released on all digital platforms January 24, 2020. The first strange thing about that is the fact that the physical release date is set for March, nearly two months away. The disjointed release dates emulate some sort of urgency to share the album. You might expect the same sort of urgency from the music. If so, you’re going to be disappointed.

The album has ten songs and has a total time stamp of about 36 minutes, with no rush to fill up the time. Even with such a short run time, the album seems to drag on for longer than it needs to. The fire many fell in love with through Hypochondriac and You Are Going to Hate This is gone, doused out by adulthood. 

The music style mimics that of The Shins or even Elliott Smith, whereas in the past they might have drawn on elements from Green Day or The Growlers. Gone are the tracks and tempos that make you want to exceed the speed limit and dance in the street, replaced by melancholy, almost sedated tempos. The lyrics are startlingly honest, the struggling guitars and gravelly vocals do nothing to ease how blunt the content is. Everything Seems like Yesterday album hits you like a semi, one that meant to give you just a little love tap. 

The album starts with a song called “24”, and ends with one titled “25”, suggesting the album tells a story of a year in someone’s early 20s. The songs seem to be a love story, or maybe the end of one. The lyrics are anything but hopeful, chock-full of nostalgia and longing for a different time. The album is reminiscent of a past relationship, one in which both parties are struggling to come to terms with the fact that it’s over. It seems to be the other end of hopeless romanticism, exhibiting the reality of loving someone too deeply. 

Evidently, The Frights grew up. Gone are the days of walking the world for someone, no longer are they overdosing with their love right there next to them. Everything Seems Like Yesterday is telling the story after the credits roll, what happens after two people in love come down from the high and how they face the world in the aftermath of a destructive love. 

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