02:51 PM on 04/15/14
Too Close To See
As a 31 yr old, the first punk album I was ever exposed to was in Freshman year of high school in 1998, Strung Out -Twisted By Design.
I was turned onto them by my late Uncle Trini who played in various bands inspired by Black Flag and Adolescents. From the first time I heard the opening chord from Too Close To See I was hooked, it was like having sex for the first time, I had no idea what I was in for, but I knew that I liked it immensely, and didn't want it to end any time soon!
The riffs, the melody, the passion, the honesty in Jason's vocals and the truth in the lyrics is what has always set Strung Out apart from many other bands, they've made a sound perfectly their own. The lyrics "some times you get too close to see, a different side of what life could be...and if you stare too long it all becomes a blur and its easy to forget just who we are,don't stare to hard, just take a look around" are words that I myself have strived to live by,
Strung Out has been a catalyst for me since the age of 15...because of Strung Out, I was opened up to so many different punk and hxc bands, and in doing so, even turned my 10 yr old daughter Kylie into a Strung Out fan (by the way, her favorite song is Solitaire).
I have so much respect and admiration for the guys in Strung Out for continuing to release quality albums year in and year out, and I'm certainly looking forward to the new album in the next few months! That's my story, Strung Out - Too Close To See, from snot nosed rail thin 15 yr old Freshman to a 31 yr old Cool Ass Dad, that song, this band, will forever be a part of me!