Numbers. Georgie James. Sensual Armed Forces. The Mighty Narwhale. Katie the Pest. Just a list of obscure bands I credit for bringing me some of the most joyous, redemptive moments of my short life. I believe that music saves lives, and at the risk of hyperbole, each of these bands has at one time in some way saved my life. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love newer acts like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down. While lovely, dancing with my girlfriend at home is not really comparable to getting thrown into the drum kit and liking it.
Stumbling upon these acts is a rare treat, while doing so exposes the conundrum of being, well…older. Hearing a new song by an old favorite is sort of like stumbling upon an ex you barely recognize while you know you’ll never forget them. 4-5 bars into a track spit out by a music service I brought up, I knew it was a Katie the Pest track I hadn’t heard. How thrilling!