[the academy is… - slow down]
shakespeareandpunk and i were talking about tai this morning and I’ve been thinking about them since. here are some of the thoughts i’ve had:
1. the thing is, i think that almost here is probably actually the strongest debut album put out by the mid-to-late 00’s fbr scene, in terms of a record as a whole?
2. it is also a little more timeless in sound. you can place fob and mcr, especially their earlier albums, pretty easily when it comes to sound and musical era (less so gch and even cobra. panic! is so over the map in sound that charting them is mostly a headache). but tai could put this out today or they could’ve put it out in 2001 and i don’t think it would be incongruous. their sound settles into something a bit more influenced by the scene as their albums progress, but i think, especially on santi, that that may be more due to a lack of coherence than anything purposeful.
3. this is probably part of the reason they (this album) were/was my favourite for a good long time, in a different way than fob were my favourite, because i moved into the scene from the early ‘00s garage rock movement, and i was also still a libs fanatic at the time. tai meshes a lot better with julian casablancas and carl barat than panic or pete wentz
4. i had not forgotten that william beckett is a fae-as-fuck sex nymph, but i had forgotten just how long he is, probably because recently i’ve only seen pics of him next to gabe saporta or travie mccoy
5. i HAD forgotten the level to which mike carden My Type, don’t look at me, i’m sorry, oh god (bill is still The Most Beautiful ofc)
6. this video predates the sriracha craze, but does it predict it?
7. thinks about bill beckett and my feelings regarding him. thinks about harry styles and my feelings regarding him. covers my face with my hands.
8. remember tiny acoustic william beckett and remember maine? REMEMBER NICK SCIMECA????
9. the fucking knee-scarf, why did the knee-scarf ever leave us