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THE DISASSOCIATES - "I Don't Wanna"

MUSIC FARMER 5 - Review by Adam Jones

Existential Echoes: Life's Lyrical Labyrinth

It's not often that a song comes along with the audacious might to convey the weight of existence while simultaneously captivating you with an infectious & singable melody. Enter alt-rock band THE DISASSOCIATES and their sonic masterpiece, "I Don't Wanna" - a brilliant juxtaposition of profound introspection and thunderous rhythmic allure.


From its subtle and contemplative opening, with the distant voice of Brie Marie floating atop a radio-filtered guitar, it's evident that we're in for a melodic odyssey. The lyrics, “I know that I don’t really wanna die. But I don’t really wanna be alive,” encapsulate the profound duality of human emotions, and it's an invitation into the psyche of the songwriter.


But just when you think you have the track figured out, a cacophony of distorted guitars, helmed by the deft hands of guitarist Jordan Sutton, roars into life. The lyrics alongside the guitar now make a bold statement: not just a cry for understanding, but a declaration of vulnerability and strength. It's a sentiment we've all felt: the tug between despair of the now, and the glimmering hope of better days.


"It’s a daydream not a full-on death wish. But if I could stop my breathing, I could start my healing, I need to escape this feeling. But I know that I don’t really wanna die." The crowd's haunting chant on "die" underscores the universality of existential angst. Alongside the anthemic chant, drummer Michael Bonanno explodes onto the scene with the power and might of an epic taiko ensemble. It's a moment that recalls the punk ferocity wall-of-sound from Blink 182 - yet THE DISASSOCIATES manage to make it fresh and wholly their own. Bassist Justin Pittman's performance drives with the same intensity Blink bassplayer Mark Hoppus presented in the timeless album "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket," acting as an anchor, grounding the production's explorations in a rhythmic reality.


Perhaps what stands out most about this track is its authenticity. Inspired by a moment of reflection amidst the chaos of traffic on California's infamous 405 Freeway, "I Don't Wanna" bears the stamp of Brie Marie's honest & poignant songwriting. It's a production that, in the span of a few minutes, traverses the spectrum of human emotion.


By the time the song closes with an ethereal guitar arpeggiation, listeners are left not only with a sense of catharsis but a reminder of life's inherent beauty. This isn't just a song; it's a musical journey unto itself.

 

Perhaps what stands out most about this track is its authenticity. Inspired by a moment of reflection amidst the chaos of traffic on California's infamous 405 Freeway, "I Don't Wanna" bears the stamp of Brie Marie's honest & poignant songwriting.
 

THE DISASSOCIATES, hailing from Bakersfield, California, are more than just another alternative rock band - they are musical raconteurs. Their vast array of influences only amplify their unique sound - a perfect blend of gravitas and whimsy.


With "I Don't Wanna", THE DISASSOCIATES haven't just given us a song; they've presented a raw, unvarnished look into the human soul. It's a song that makes you move & laugh - yet also feel the emotions of existential introspection. THE DISASSOCIATES' "I Don't Wanna" is a candid reflection of life's highs and lows, painted on a vibrant alt-rock canvas. Set for release on all streaming platforms October 13, 2023, this is a song that is sure to live on as a timeless anthem for people in all walks of life - an alt-rock masterpiece for the ages.


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