Saturday, August 27, 2016

Single Review: "Don't Go to College" by The Rentiers

Title:  Don't Go to College (BandCamp, AmazoniTunes)
Artist:  The Rentiers (OfficialSoundCloudBandCamp, Red Executive)

The Rentiers' latest single "Don't Go to College" is a fun indie-synth-pop romp dealing with the existential crisis of early adulthood.
Somebody wrote “Don’t go to college” on the wall in the green room
You saw it when you were cleaning up after the headlining act 
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college in the fall or at all 
What's always set this project apart, what's made it really something special, is Joel Tannenbaum's incredible lyrics.  Sometimes they are very simple, repeating a theme or a thought, while other times they are complex, weaving story through rhyme and melody.  But no matter what, they are always exceptionally clever.
A bonfire, mostly townies, in the woods before the Fourth of July
He was quiet, slightly older, slightly damaged
In all the ways that you liked at the time 
You said “Maybe I just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe I just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe I just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe I just shouldn’t go to college in the fall or at all 
You’ve got to choose something
You’ve got to choose something
But no matter what you choose you’re gonna lose, you’re gonna lose
No matter what you choose you’re gonna lose, you’re gonna lose
No matter what you choose you’re gonna lose, you’re gonna lose
You’re gonna lose 
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college in the fall or at all 
You’ll be out the door and on the bus tomorrow morning before daybreak
With as many clothes as you can fit in your brother’s old army rucksack
You'll be widely understood as a catastrophe
But your grandmother would have understood completely
She had scars from an industrial sewing machine all over her hands 
"Don't Go to College" was recorded in Durham, NC, produced by long-time Rentiers' producer/multi-instrument contributor Scotty Sandwich, and joining Tannenbaum was Lauren Reece on co-lead vocals, Kyle Cox on drums, J Kutchma of Red Collar fame on accordion, and Jonny Clouson from Almost People on vocals.

In less than two short The Rentiers have become one of the most consistently exciting bands out there.  Each release is distinct while at the same time unmistakably Rentiers, resulting in a catalog full of gems, including "Don't Go to College."  This is a must for fans of great indie, kind of synth-y, power pop.

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