The parental pressures sanctimoniously wrapped up in a tidy black and white present, expanding at the seams, is all too familiar, full of disdain and chock full of teenage rebellion. Today, it’s brought to you retold revised and updated by Portland based Shadows on Stars’ newest single, “Punk Kids” circa 2011 (but in this decade, embodied by hipsters).
The single relives the embarrassment of our teenage inclinations. The transition from childhood to what we thought was maturity was delineated by a cig, dangling from the bum corner of our mouths and attempted to silence a cough at the first puff. But the “coolness” factor was (gum to shoe) in our minds. We ignored the distaste and convinced ourselves that we were badasses.
One day we’re standing at the corner with the oversized Ray Ban knockoffs and typified hipster clothing, jeering at hapless passersby and puffing cigs – made believable thanks to the help of Hellz Bellz’s and G.P.P.R’s clothing and styling. Next, we’re boasting about hustling dime bags of hash to the kids down the street. Some grow out of the fad, but some unfortunate others realize that they’ve fallen behind. From beginning to end, “Punk Kids” is unequivocally a multi genre-blended track of rock whose staccatoed drums and metallic twangs teeters on dissonance, but falls rhythmically into place as it gists with Brian’s lyrical hip hop influenced delivery. As a total package it’s a determined follow up to the more choral releases, “Now You’re Mine” and “Out of my Head.” Now we’re siting and waiting, wishing, waiting, wondering about an album.