February 13th, 2012 | by COLLIN GERBER Music | Posted In: Cut of the Day

Cut of the Day: Yo Adrian! "All Downhill from Here"

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Ladies and gents, please say hello to new WW intern Collin Gerber. -Ed.

We’ve all heard it: “The Dream of the '90s is alive in Portland!” Whether that claim alludes to real aspects of Portland life (I’ve been hoping to run into a pair of Jnco Jeans since my arrival here) or is delivered with tongue planted in cheek, Portland steady rockers/pop-punks Yo Adrian! keep the vibe of quality '90s punk rock going strong.

A regular feature at Plan B, the Red Room and The Crypt, Yo Adrian! gleefully and often hilariously melds early '90s pop-punk riffs that would make Ben Weasel toe-tap, with a peppy, but not bubblegum ska-punk upbeat (read: diet Choking Victim.) The band—members names are listed as Xopher, G-Off, DNick and Jesse online—blends the line between straightforward punk progression to melodic muted upstrum in classic Crack fashion, all the while dropping lines such as “I was drunk and you were beautiful/ That night,” “Got my rattail growing/ Dirty t-shirt showing,” not to mention the cheery “it’s all downhill from here.” Poking fun at life and at their own scene is their lyrical specialty, and it often makes for a live show with a few smirks.

This song “All Downhill from Here” is the opener to their self-titled album and a solid example of this band's ability. Managing to make getting older/fatter/grayer seem silly, this is a song and album that lightens the load of life through triviality and humor.



 
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