With an infectious blend of structure and substance, The Midwestern Charm are a powerhouse of power-pop. The band’s new-full length, Growing Pains, is a testament to its namesake, and delivers song-after-song of hearty sing-alongs and heartbreak anthems. So it’s with a whole heap of excitement that Texas Is Funny brings you Milwaukee, WI’s The Midwestern Charm. The label will officially release Growing Pains on CD/digital April 21st, 2015. Pre-orders and song premieres coming soon!
Growing Pains, The Midwestern Charm’s new full-length, displays a band that seems to have returned from calamity. Their scars are visible on songs like “Can’t Stand It” and “Something/Nothing,” which swaggers like a lonely soul through an all-too-familiar bar; singer and guitarist Conner La Mue’s voice maneuvers through layers and layers of chords—some seared, some rich, some supple with twang—singing, “I wish I never cared about her heart / I wish I never fell for her charm / I wish I never cared about her at all.” These scars are from romance with women, certain cities, the road, and healed a track or two later by friends and shots and the jukebox, by new love and new beginnings.
But on others, the song itself seems broken. “Valentine’s Day” begins with modest acoustic strumming, but feedback and violent pangs of piano gradually interrupt the song’s already somber mood. “It all happened very spontaneously,” La Mue says. “The end of the song before that goes into a first person perspective, and you hear footsteps to a piano. Then, in the song, there are two tracks—one is a pretty, delicate piano part, the other sounds like me literally banging my head on the keys. You can go down either one you want to.” The effect is at once catchy and uncomfortable, beautiful and disturbing.
These and the other songs seem impossible to topple, though—because the chords are full and brave, sure, and because their drums are deep and grave. But also because, as a band, The Midwestern Charm has been at the bottom, has stamped the dirt beneath their feet. On Growing Pains, the band plays with conviction, a little melodic commotion, and brutal honesty—all this because they have brought that dirt back up with them.
Growing Pains – Track Listing
2. Can’t Stand It
5. Valentine’s Day
6. Something Nothing
8. With a Lime
9. General Drag
10. Ballad for Someone
11. Stockholm Syndrome
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