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All Distortions are Intentional (Hopeless)

The Disassociates Get Neck Deep: Brie Marie of SoCal alt-rockers the Disassociates told us about her love for a Neck Deep gem.

Brie Marie: To me, All Distortions Are Intentional is Neck Deep’s magnum opus. It perfectly encapsulates the band’s M.O., which, in my view, has always been to balance existentialism and dread with cautious optimism and a sense of hope. That’s kind of my own personal M.O., too. The album explores these themes by using the universe and space as recurring allegories for the band’s own personal feelings of insignificance and hopelessness in a big, cold, uncaring world and, ultimately, finding bliss in that insignificance. 

Neck Deep All Distortions Are Intentional

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The album opens on “Sonderland”, perfectly setting the scene by expanding upon the all-too-familiar pop punk trope of hating this town through its refreshing display of self-awareness, acknowledging that their hometown may “call them names as well” if it could. The track waxes poetic between their “dark despair” and their optimistic resolve (“it surely gets better than this”) and touches on the overall themes of darkness and light, purpose and pointlessness. This theme recurs perfectly throughout songs like “Sick Joke” (“sometimes I wonder if life is a sick joke / but I’m still here, and I’m not dead”), “When You Know” (“make peace with your demons and hope that they leave you alone”), and “Pushing Daisies” (“we all end up pushing daisies and that’s the way it is / I know that I can’t change the world, and that’s just how it is”). Also, “Pushing Daisies” is one of the most satisfying conclusions to an album, like, ever. So is “Where Do We Go When We Go” from their previous album The Peace and the Panic. Damn, Neck Deep really knows how to end an album. 

In between the exploration of their place in the big, wide universe we find equal parts explosive, delicious, couldn’t care less pop punk (“Lowlife” & “Telling Stories”) and head-over-heels bops (“Fall”, “What Took You So Long”, “I Revolve Around You”). “I Revolve Around You” perhaps most plainly yet poetically surmises the album’s mission statement (“we drift like lonely planets and feel like, like cold moons, but like satellites drawn to gravity, I revolve around you”).  “Little Dove” and “Empty House” tug at the heartstrings and provide moments to breathe in between the pointed existentialism of the album by grounding us back in reality while instilling a beautiful sense of longing in us, the listener. 

This album accompanies me through every mood and somehow resonates with every facet of my own life. When I need to rage against societal expectation, when I feel confident and exploratory, when I’m madly in love, when I feel hopeless and dejected, I turn to this album to accompany me. It’s incredibly satisfying and well-rounded. It’s mature, it’s accessible, it’s catchy, it’s intelligent, it’s angry, it’s tender, it’s reflective, it’s transcendent, and it’s just a damn-good album. 

The Disassociates Get Neck Deep: The Disassociates’ debut album No Reason This Can’t Be Fun is out now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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