Also, they played The Phoenix
, not MSK.
You don't have to like it, but these guys have been called sellouts for nearly a decade and they all understand where an apostrophe belongs. They were weird, smart ugly/glam ducklings that grew into weird, smart rock ducklings. This band, with so much musical knowledge, and average height... 5'6"?... playing on a VS runway is the normalization of the punk ethic (and subsequently taking a professorial approach to getting fucked over by wardrobe
) ) I craved as a 90s teen.
They've said they're Revenge of the Nerds in band form, and I truly feel that's the case. They're well past the point where the exposes start rolling, and the main expose is still... "Pete's actually a decent, clever guy. Also, if you've never seen him play a guitar, Joe's an extremely good guitarist with a collaborative personality and musical breadth. He wrote a lot of SRAR and was not tossed in the trunk of a little red corvette after 'someone' clapped chloroform-soaked Michael Jackson liner notes over his face."
I also love how Patrick backs young songwriting prodigies. Swift has handled their parallels perfectly, and I hope Lorde (who Patrick has openly admired on numerous occasions) does the same.
I will follow every project the band and individual members pursue because they tore off the prison door that said bands who came from punk had to follow the bullshit cred rules or perish. The guys like ASOIAF/GOT so I'll call them my "prince that was promised" -- in 1995 we thought rap/R&B, techno, rock, pop, and probably an occasional ill-advised electrodigiridoo would be in a blender on radio by now. Amazingly, there's only one massive power-pop band simultaneously keeping the nomadic legacy of the Beatles, The Who, Zep, etc. alive while they come across as guys who really have punk in their souls.