Well, it finally happened. Antarctigo Vespucci, the duo made up of Chris Farren (Fake Problems) and Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry!, solo) finally put some music out into the world. Unsurprisingly, considering the parties involved, it absolutely slays. “I’m Giving Up On U2” is every bit as enjoyable as the title suggests and sounds like early Weezer in the best way possible. There’s an infectious sense of celebration present, which is unsurprising considering how much this sounds like two great friends (who happen to be great musicians) just kicking back and having fun with each other. There’s no indication that the duo was ever aware of any expectations and as a result, wind up with something that sounds exhilarating; there are no restrictions evident in “I’m Giving Up On U2”, just a refresher on what freedom can sound like.
Going back to the early Weezer comparison, all of the hallmarks of that band’s golden era are present: the falsetto’ed backing vocals, the wiry guitar work, the thick palm mutes, the sunny melody, a subtle bit of production work, a hard-charging chorus, a massive overall sound, the ability to come across as intelligent while remaining absurdly catchy, and a delightfully askew sense of humor. There hasn’t been a song that felt as perfect for soundtracking a new start in quite some time. If all of the band’s debut, Soulmate Stuff (due out in early June via Really Records) winds up sounding like this, then it has the potential to be a serious gate-crasher come December. This is no joke- despite maybe also being the best joke of all.
Listen to “I’m Giving Up On U2” below and pre-order Soulmate Stuff here.