We made it everyone! Happy Saturday! If you had a week like mine, you more than deserve this weekend. To celebrate making it through the trying week, let’s jump into some new music starting with Puppy Feet’s brand new EP, ‘Unconditionally Terrified’.
“Hypochondriac” gets this party started with a super chill yet energetic sound. Beautiful vocals soar over fuzzy instrumentation before the song really hits its stride and you get a feel for a sound that can only be described as Puppy Feet. It’s powerful but very much in the indie-rock vein of things. The words of this track are all too real for me. “I’m too busy freaking out to hear what you said”. If you have anxiety, this line hits a little too close to home but in a comforting way. Somehow just hearing words like that brought me a little peace of mind that I am not the only one that feels like this. A powerfully opening track, I was already dreading the fact that this is only a quick EP because I already know I want so much more from Puppy Feet.
Speaking of mental health, the second track on this four-song EP is entitled “Mental Health Day” and that phrase alone is something I take so seriously. The words of this track, much like in “Hypochondriac”, are painfully real but also comforting in a super strange way. This was an instant favorite of mine. From the title of the track to the words, to the energy, everything about this track is perfect. You can feel not only defeat but also frustration in this track that fits with the words and mental health topic oh so well.
“Pretty Girl” has an edge to it that is absolutely infectious. Don’t give me wrong, this track is still in the indie-pop vibe that Puppy Feet does so well but there’s just a little more chutzpah in this track that I absolutely loved within the first few seconds. There’s something anthemic about this track that I didn’t quite get from the previous tracks. I could absolutely see this song being the one that “breaks” Puppy Feet and, believe me, this is a band that deserves to “break”. They just have the full package and address topics much deeper than love and love lost and that’s something that I think the indie-pop scene is missing right now. I say that and, of course, this track seems to be about that love and love lost theme but I still stand by what I say because “Pretty Girl” isn’t your typical love song.
This all-too-quick EP ends with “Regrets”. I was instantly reminded of bands like Vundabar as this track kicked. There’s something a little retro about the guitar tone and vocals while still feeling completely modern and new. Much like “Pretty Girl”, there’s an undeniable edge to this song but the edge in this final track comes off as a bit more bitter which, as an angsty emo kid that never grew up, was perfect. Again, the words hit a little too close to home about growing up and how much adulting sucks. That mixed with powerful guitar parts that weave in and out throughout this track made it both a perfect ending and a disappointing ending only because, well, I just plainly never wanted this EP to end.
My Favorite Track(s): If I really have to pick one- “Mental Health Day” but really, I loved every track on this EP
For Fans Of: All too real lyrics; Indie-Pop with an edge
Mosh-ability: 7 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid on the back of the couch; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 8.5 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 9.2 out of 10
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