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Review: Tough Age, “I Get the Feeling Central”

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Review: Tough Age, “I Get the Feeling Central”

I Get the Feeling Central is anything but boring, and Tough Age show they can stretch themselves to build something that inspires them as creators. This really is a record that celebrates the creative process as much as the songs themselves.”

Artist: Tough Age

Album: I Get the Feeling Central

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Guided By Voices, Chains of Love

Tough Age I Get the Feeling Central

There’s something very liberating about listening to the new record, I Get the Feeling Central, by Tough Age. Is it the loud, unapologetic guitars and tough-as-nails bass lines? Is it the quieter moments of introspectional lyricism? Is it the unexpected turn when you expect the melody to drive straight forward? It’s all these things; the uncomplicated way that this form of creative chaos presents itself when you just do you and forget about what someone else thinks.

Singer/guitarist Jarrett Samson leads this merry band of chaotic revelers in moving past the lo-fi scuzz pop comfort zone that provides the basis for Tough Age’s songwriting style. Their material is supercharged and unapologetic, sometimes following themes of introspection and self-deprecation, and sometimes leaving lyrical easter eggs sure to bring a smile to the faces of comic book nerds everywhere. Half the time the lyrics are obscure or non-sensical, and the other half of the time they’re rooted in stark reality. It’s this dichotomy sandwiched in between blistering guitars and driving drums that makes I Get the Feeling Central an incredibly entertaining album to listen to.

“50 Girls 50” wastes no time providing a fist-pumping, body-bumping energy that throws back to a vintage pop punk vibe. “Snakes & Ladders” goes straight for the jugular with a hot guitar riff and a groove that burns straight into your brain. Spooky surf instrumental “Landau, Luckman & Lake” is an unexpectedly welcome and entrancing break that really does come out of left field, yet doesn’t feel out of place. “The Gutter Lemon” proved to be a quick favorite, and one of those tracks that can only get even better live. “Flamenco Wiccan” is probably the best song title I’ve heard in awhile, and may become my new codename….but I digress. There are little lyrical gem to be found all over this record, but I leave it up to you to discover them for yourself.

This is an album that serves two purposes: you can listen to a catchy melody and just enjoy the shit out of a great mid-fi pop record, or you can dig in and try to catch all the lyrical allusions. I Get the Feeling Central is anything but boring, and Tough Age show they can stretch themselves to build something that inspires them as creators. This really is a record that celebrates the creative process as much as the songs themselves. Regardless, it’s a great listen and an even better lesson in how to please yourself before worrying about pleasing others.


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