I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted

Written by: DR on 04/10/2011 15:35:51

The Count Your Lucky Stars roster is depleting of late, with three bands announcing their respective break-ups in a short space of time. Two of which have recently been covered (1, 2) while I've been somewhat sleeping on the third: Snowing. Snowing are, or were, a four-piece who enjoyed a brief yet popular stint as the kind of revivalist indie/emo band heavily influenced by how the genre was in the 90s. The kind of band that is hard to dislike, because they don't really take this whole band thing as seriously as others. For instance, they are giving this album - their second release - away for free! Why? I don't know, but it's obvious this band is (or was) in music for all the right reasons.

It's easy to like a band on principle, but where they'll really win or lose you as a fan is their music. If you like twinkly emo/indie inspired by Cap'n Jazz, akin to the likes of Algernon Cadwallader and Monument, then you'll like "I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted". The vocals focus more on conveying urgency and passion than on sounding 'good', and the musicianship is as typically twinkly and intricate as you'd expect. However, Snowing tend to condense their efforts into excited and occasionally aggressive bursts between two and three minutes, resulting in an album that is barely half an hour long. Opener "I Think We're In Minsk" prepares you for the onslaught of jagged time-signatures, unpredictable guitar-lines and animated vocals, but also the catchiness of the album. It's seriously impressive how the band can make otherwise ordinary lyrics such as "I know that light is somewhere so I'll fucking find it I swear" impossible to refuse.

Simply put, it fucking sucks that a band as talented as Snowing decided to call it quits, because "I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted" is an irresistibly infectious record, demonstrating the best traits of revivalist emo/indie without sounding dated, but instead being as cool and refreshing as the other side of the pillow. Moreover, just because it may open a song with a lyric as superficial as "I was twenty when I had my first beer", don't assume this record lacks emotional depth. Closer "Could Be Better Forever" contemplates what happens to you when you die, before concluding - via huge group shouts - that it ultimately doesn't matter all that much, as long as you have your friends with you: "But I don't wanna go if I have to go alone / My dad died, like his dad died, and I know someday I'll die, but I'm alive / My friends say all the best things. I hope to meet them in the end". In the end, Snowing were a band that meant a lot to a lot of people, and it's not hard to hear why. From their desire to play music just for the love of playing music, to the music itself, which is simultaneously profound and goofy, Snowing have given us plenty of reasons to miss them, but also plenty of why we shouldn't let that, or anything else, stop us from enjoying life.

Download: I Think We're In Minsk, Could Be Better Forever
For The Fans of: Monument, Algernon Cadwallader, You Blew It!
Listen: Bandcamp (FREE DOWNLOAD)

Release Date 01.04.2011
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