Bands that Made You Cool in the 9th Grade and What They’re Up To: A Playlist

By Devon Chodzin ‘19

Warning: This article is partially devoted to my coming to terms with my middle/high school existence. Be prepared for a little emotion.
Full disclosure: My middle school years were turbulent, with friendships coming and going and new hormones introducing themselves every other day. I was gross and I looked the part. Even pre-9th grade me knew this, so when it came time to settle on an aesthetic, a clique, an identity: I did the last thing you’re supposed to do, and chose “hipster.”

The word, the concept, the identity reappeared on Meme-Touting Sites during middle school, and by 8th grade, I was turning the tides away from a weird gothic phase (ask about THAT if you dare) into some softer, more lighthearted pop-
rock-acoustic-ukulele jammers.

This is a playlist of those bands I needed to get familiar with before 9th grade rolled around so that I could walk the walk and talk the talk. As you’ll be able to tell from this playlist, I couldn’t.

Also, valid question: what are these bands up to now? We’ll find out!

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Of Monsters and Men Return with “Beneath the Skin”

OMAM Beneath the Skin

By Keegan James ’19

While My Head is an Animal was full of soft acoustic songs with moments of higher energy, Beneath the Skin has more drive in it. The drums throughout the album take a lot of precedence and stimulate the drive and excitement that is recurrent throughout the album.

The horn section is also featured more predominantly than in their earlier album, especially in the songs “Black Water” and “Hunger.”

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