This feels and sounds like a song I would have been obsessed with in high school back in the 90’s. Walking home from school listening to this in my walkman, distraught over a girl I like that didn’t say hi today when she walked past my locker. All angsty, but deep down knowing that it doesn’t matter cause I still get to fire up Tecmo Bowl when I get home. Then i’ll watch The Rap City Top 10 Countdown and get super excited when they sneak in a new Show & AG video right before #1. But then after dinner while doing my homework I get all upset again about that girl, and blast “Crystal Coated” to help indulge my frustration and confusion. Then i’ll go to sleep with this song on loop, not getting done any of my homework but telling myself “i’ll wake up super early tomorrow and finish it up” which actually means snoozing past when I would normally wake up anyway.
But back to the present – it’s really tripping me out how Aaron Fontwell has come up with a song that sounds half-Nirvana and half-The Weeknd. His melodies and the overall vibe give it this urban-grunge vibe that i’ve never really heard before, and I love it. Musically, it’s a very graceful and nimble look into the future while bringing back some of the best elements of 90’s rock music. Truly can’t wait to hear more of something like this.