Fire Note Says: Jeff is back!
Album Review: Jeff Rosenstock started off this year with a bang as he released his third LP digitally for FREE on New Year’s Day! That is right – free. Now, I am sure we have all had the experience of downloading free music and feeling there was a good reason it was free. Well – you absolutely will not be saying this about POST-. The former leader of the ska/punk collective Bomb The Music Industry!, Jeff Rosenstock has quickly found himself a leader in the modern punk rock movement.
In a time when hip-hop and electronic music is taking the headlines on major music festivals (which we can’t still understand), Jeff Rosenstock is releasing his rally cry against the current social tensions and politics of today. POST- is full of big sing along anthems, call out vocals, chants and straight talk. One listen to the over seven minutes “USA” will capture the vibe especially for the “we’re tired, we’re board” chant near its conclusion. This high energy rhythm never slows and continues regardless if the track is 1:41 like “Beating My Head Against A Wall” or the soaring over 4-minute Rosenstock power ballad “TV Stars.”
There is some good music coming our way in 2018 but the scene has still been looking bleak overall. WORRY. (2016) was a fantastic release for Rosenstock and POST- equals its likability. The record has quickly turned my attitude around and will be a solid release to crank loud all year long. Thank God for Jeff Rosenstock – 2020 anyone?!
Key Tracks: “USA” / “Yr Throat” / “Beating My Head Against A Wall”
Artists With Similar Fire: The Queers / Titus Andronicus / Ted Leo
Jeff Rosenstock Website
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– Reviewed by Thomas Wilde