When rock and roll came on the scene, it made people uncomfortable. All the attitude, the hip shaking, and suggestive lyrics had people blushing, burning records, and calling for exorcisms. And it evolved from there, going through poetic, political, and sexually charged cycles, throttling back and changing direction when it all got too hot, before breaking through barriers. But over time, we all became desensitized to all the talk of sex, what sounded frank and salacious just 5 years ago, sounds tame by today's standards.
Good rock and roll should find ways to make people feel uncomfortable. In today's hyper aware politically correct landscape in which artists try to not offend, we need artists who don't mind running their nails across the chalkboard. And I think Greensboro, North Carolina's Daddy Issues are doing just that. With a sound reminiscent of late 60's pop radio -- sugary sweet vocals, gang harmonies, retro power pop sounds -- we see the true face of the band when they sing of stealing underwear and belt out "Fuck you! We don't care" in "Let's Go To The Mall". And then, on 'So Hard' the band softly coos "thinkin' 'bout my love/dripping down your thighs/that's when the feeling grows twice in size" in a manner so disarming and sweet that it's refreshing to hear such candor.
After spending a bit of time listening to the band's EP, Double Loser, I'm enamored with their sound, their frankness, and their willingness to run their nails across the chalkboard. That said, their stripped back track, 'Lethal Dose' is my favorite, but all 4 are special. Now, I need to see them live, perhaps they'll have a stop in North Alabama in the near future. Until then, join me in streaming Double Loser below.