If a track doesn’t have a string section, it usually isn’t worth my time. This is probably why ‘Crash Years’ grabbed me and swung me around the first time I played it.
I only fell in love with the track this year when I dove head-first into the Canadian supergroup’s discography. Spearheaded by unofficial co-leader Neko Case, ‘Crash Years’ places her layered harmonies with Kathryn Calder front and centre, singing “They’re ruined, like the rest of us, ruined/Rest of us, ruined” as if it’s leading to a resolution that never arrives.
Punchy cellos and a bang-crash rhythm drive this archetypal piece of indie rock. I say archetypal, but that doesn’t take away from ultimately how on brand this track is for a unique group like TNP.
As the Pornos move to a more produced sound with their 2019 release, In The Morse Code of Break Lights, I can’t help but reflect on the unrefined, coming of age soundtrack vibe that so many epic groups have seemed to step away from. Maybe I’m just nostalgic for a time I was too young to truly enjoy.
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