We are excited to premiere a new song by Seattle's The Subjunctives called 'Spend Your Time'. The song, which has a solid Sugar/Dinosaur Jr kinda vibe that is much appreciated, is your first taste off the band's debut album, 'Sunshine and Rainbows' (pre-order HERE). Mixed by Matt Allison, and mastered by Mass Giorgini, the album comes with 15 songs for fans of old school pop punk in the vein of Husker Du, Stiff Little Fingers, and Snuff.
Each of the Subjunctives comes from a long background in music, and a long love affair with pop punk. Jeff Mangalin is also the guitarist for Seattle power punk pop heart-throbs Four Lights, Hernandez is a founding member of 90’s DIY pop punk stars Sicko, and Matt Coleman has played far more refined and relaxed music in the elegant piano pop Heather Edgley band.
About the song:
“Lyrically, this song was kind of inspired by a period where I was hanging out with a girl, and I never really knew where I stood in the relationship. Sometimes it seemed like we were a couple, other times it just seemed like she wanted to be friends. Either option was fine with me, but it was really confusing, and I just needed to know. I also don't want anyone to feel like they're obligated to hang out with me, if they're not happy. It might suck, but we're all adults. I can take it.
Musically, I was listening to a lot of Dinosaur Jr at the time, so this one has a little less of a pop punk vibe. A little more 90's alternative vibe. When I was writing it, I wanted to go with a minimalist approach to the lyrics. I have a tendency to use a lot of words when I write songs. I think that J Mascis does a good job of getting the sentiment of the song across without using too many words, and I wanted to try my hand at it. I remember Ean originally wanting me to write a second verse, but I explained why I didn't want one. I just wanted a song with a nice melody and some simple lyrics that I feel like people can relate to. I hope I pulled it off.”
'Sunshine and Rainbows' will be out via Top Drawer Records on Nov. 22.
(photo credit: Don Farwell)