POZ XMAS Review: James Dean Wells (the Gay Blades) - "I Can't Believe You Brought Your New Boyfriend To Our Mutual Friend's Holiday Party."
by Jesse Richman
It’s been far too long since we had new tunes from trash-pop duo The Gay Blades (pretty please in 2015?), but even when things are quiet on the TGB4N front, frontman James Dean Wells can always be relied upon for a new song at Christmas each year. That said, this year’s track, the oh-so-subtly titled “I Can’t Believe You Brought Your New Boyfriend To Our Mutual Friend’s Holiday Party,” is a doozy, even by Wells’ high standards.
Sonically, the song could be a lost Strokes number from 2002 — from the downstroke chug of the bass, to the unflashy, steady drum pulse, to the too-many-cigs-not-enough-sleep vox, Wells has that band’s hallmark sound on lock, adorning it with just the right amount of tinkling bells and cooing harmonies to imbue it with the Christmas spirit without detracting from the core. Lyrically, the title tells the story — though if you read a little closer, that new boyfriend (a guy named Nick with an “ironic beard” and “Lennon glasses”) might be more than he seems at first glance. Not that Wells gives a damn who she’s seeing — as he yelps in the chorus, “Happy Holidays honey, now hit the road!”