Cool Dad Circles
By Robin Ecoeur
This review could have been written 25 ago, when Kurt Cobain was rocking the same baggy look and The Pixies were already the coolest band in the world. But the beauty of music is that all great things are circular. Just as the guitar solo once was, just as the warped pedals often is, Cool Dad are riding the latest wave of the Alternative Grunge wave.
It's safe to say Cool Dad are no visionaries. But their music does reflect our modern times. It's a fact which made us think and want to understand why bands have re-engaged with the 90's Alternative blueprint so strongly. What is this definite circular motion trend in music? Well, perhaps Cool Dad can answer that question...
Here's what we think: Cool Dad are your 20 year old band T-shirt you managed to keep despite repeated calls from your girlfriend, best friends, people from work to bin it. Like the music itself, which remains as vital and exciting as it was upon the day of its release, you'll never let the T-shirt go. Some things you just got to keep around. That's the feeling we have listening to Cool Dad. The Connecticut outfit remind us of our first real music loves. It's the same sweet thing which keeps bringing us back to bands like The Cribs, Parquet Courts, LVL UP and so many others. It's neither ground breaking nor revolutionary. Cool Dad are not the Velvet Underground of the 60's, the Brian Eno of the 70's or the The Pixies of the 80's. But they are a great outfit who can revive this era, or at least the sentimental attachment towards it, because they have that specific sound, that special atmosphere.
We have already introduced Cool Dad's two main protagonists, Brendan Dyer and Tom Nagy, under their other project name Furnsss. Their sound in one sentence was "dark and stormy", and they don't deviate too far away from this on Cool Dad's eponymous début record either. Released by Third Floor Tapes, Cool Dad is highly addictive. One of the stand out tracks Nervous is, according to the band, a love song. The sound wouldn't suggest so, though. Then there's Weed Boy, about getting weed from a friend. And is Wondergirl about a wonder girl? We don't know because the dark and stormy reigns supreme, but we do know that the track stands out, delivered in a rueful, woozy way. It's a sleepy, melancholic lead guitar and mumbling vocals at it's best and that astonishing guitar solo as the outro is exactly that, astonishing.