Glocca Morra - Just Married
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Record Label: Kind Of Like Records
Look, okay, there are a lot of bands that people tell me I need to listen to. This year, a lot of these bands are "twinkly," the latest and most awesome and worst named trend that has been finding a foothold in the punk/indie/DIY community. Anyway, I have to filter through a lot of these bands. Even though I wish I could listen to everything, it’s just hard to do that, so a lot of times I might end up listening to something for a really weird reason.
I started listening to Glocca Morra’s Just Married because I saw Tom from The Menzingers on the album cover.
Phew, it’s a good thing Tom is on that album cover, man. Glocca Morra is not a band that you want to hold off on listening to. They aren’t even a band that you want to add to that list of bands you have that you need to listen to. Just go ahead and click play right now, I'll wait here while you do that, and then keep reading. Okay, Just Married is one of the better twinkle albums released this year, and there have been a lot released this year, so that must say something, right? There’s a lot of Algernon Cadwallader influence here, as there is in this genre as a whole, and there’s also a lot of Mike Kinsella here, as there is in this genre as a whole.
Just Married has slightly more yelling than your base twinkle formula has, though, and this gives Glocca Morra an appearance of recklessness and disregard for anything resembling normal songwriting on this album. Opener “ya’ll boots hats (die angry)” …. guys, what the fuck does that song title mean? … shows off the yelly nature of the album, paired with a pretty nifty and poppy guitar riff that kind of reminds me of something that an indie band like The Wombats or The Hives or something would write. It’s a fun pairing, especially when the real guitar gets going and we get to sing along to cries of “I don’t know what I’m doing!”
A lot of Just Married blends together – the record almost tricks you into thinking you’re just listening to a really cool half-hour long song – but again, this is something that comes with this genre for the most part. There are definitely some standouts – the refrain of “Ten years down the drain” during “Anniversary Song” is a good one, and it’s one of the slower songs. The guitar is more smooth-sounding here, giving off a strong vibe of later-‘90s emo. “Broken Cigarettes” is another essential listen, but for totally different reasons: The beginning of the song is as aggressive as Glocca Morra gets, but the band slows things down later on.
The closing “Me + Geneine” is the track I find myself wanting to listen to most, but Just Married definitely works out better if you listen to it as a whole. What it lacks in disparity, it makes up for by being genuinely endearing. Even after listening to this record dozens of times, I’m surprised at how a band can simultaneously sound like they don’t care at all yet still deliver a product this addictive. At times, the vocals just sound lazy…but in the best way I can mean that. And it’s a great thing! Just Married is one of the best surprises of 2012, and if this twinkly genre ends up really catching on, like the newest wave of pop-punk did around 2008 and 2009, then I will expect to see Glocca Morra as one of the bands leading the charge.
this album brings the genre full circle. sounds like "some kind of cadwallader" if that album wasn't monotonous as all hell. you can tell they're having fun on this record and it's fucking great. 40 hugger/get fucked slays me. this album has hopefully (probably not) put the nail in the coffin for twinkly music.