as raenie’s pointed out, the onset of full-blown holiday fervor is upon us. i’ve found myself returning again and again to the sea and cake during this time, as well as the dance-y prance-y stuff like the rapture and !!!. dunno why, but i’d hypothesize something to do with tempo, as well as all the latter bands’ ability to make lyrically and playerly sophisticated ‘upbeat’ music.
(then again i’m also rocking a bunch of latter-day hardcore, lately. and big star’s third always comes out for tree-trimming season. labradford too, which is hardly ‘up,’ and at best probably neutral.)