New Jersey band YJY recently released their new single “Through Being Hip” off the upcoming EP The Same Noise. The boys from Hightstown that bring the fuzz add an element of surf here with a lovely guitar line that sounds like a rolling wave slowly crashing along the shoreline.
The song, originally an NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest submission, takes on a theme similar to The Cure’s “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” and updates it for the era of hipsters. That pressure we all feel to reinvent ourselves so we can be “cool” and with the “in crowd” is a strong siren. They mention cold pressed coffee and mason jars, while the singer Steve Sachs questions himself as to why he chose to like these things. He obviously realizes the futility of changing to fit in.
YJY may be through being hip but not yet through being snarky. And that is why I love them.
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