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By Kristen Logemann
The human experience is full of moments that turn into memories, some of which we carry around like a badge of honor meanwhile others we repress and hope to never uncover again. Portland-based artist, Days To Waste, released his emo-inspired single “when the summer ends” which perfectly depicts this internal tension.
As soon as I heard the opening line of the song, I was immediately transported back to my emo phase in middle school. I could see myself at the bus stop wearing dark eye makeup and listening to bands like Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil in my Skullcandy headphones (I hope that explanation paints an accurate picture of what I was like in middle school). It is clear that the single was inspired by these groups, and everything was there to remind me of the classic emo bands of the 2000s. The passionate, sentimental lyrics and the intensity of the vocals combined with the song’s modem production brings a unique twist that effectively pushes the emo genre forward and keeps it alive.
Setting the scene with his nuanced lyricism, revolving around a past relationship littered with memories, Days to Waste proves his ability to create engaging acoustic moments, only for him to break it all with an explosive ending, highlighting his iconic and endless vocals. I will be sure to dust off my eyeliner and get some heavy side bangs in preparation for what comes next for Days to Waste. I’m ready to experience the transformation of the emo genre through his music, and I can’t wait to hear more.
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