Mom Jeans. is Underrated in the Sad Pop Punk Scene
Whether you call it emo, pop punk, or just plain “sad,” Mom Jeans. has created a music style that can describe hurt and heartbreak like no other.
If you’re a fan of Modern Baseball or The Front Bottoms, you might already know what to expect of a similar band like California-based quartet Mom Jeans. (yes, the period is part of the band name). If you’re not — like I wasn’t — they might take you by surprise.
When I opened their Spotify page, I was struck first by the song titles: “I Left My Towel At My Friend’s House And They Moved PT 1,””Near Death Fail Comp (Must Watch Til End),” and “Scott Pilgrim V. My GPA,” to name a few. However, one of the singles off their July 3rd sophomore album, ‘Puppy Love,’ stood out to me as an example of what Mom Jeans. is all about.
“Sponsor Me Tape” may have just as strange a title as the rest of their songs, but the combination of just-edgy-enough sound and dark, deeply personal lyrics needs no explanation. If you’re sad about a breakup, perhaps you’ll find comfort (or at least company in your bitterness) in lyrics like “I don't think these wounds will heal themselves / and if they do it won't be 'cause you helped / You never f*cking helped / you never f*cking cared / you only ever cared about yourself.”
Mom Jeans. started releasing music in 2016 with the release of their first album, ‘Best Buds.’ They’ve amassed over 30,000 Instagram followers, as well as almost 20,000 followers on Twitter, and have toured across the USA and Europe. The band’s sophomore record, ‘Puppy Love,’ was released in July of 2018.
The band never takes themselves too seriously, which has helped allow them to connect with fans and form a community that supports them throughout their journey.
In an interview with The Alternative, Eric Butler (guitars/vocals/songwriting) said “I just want to keep playing shows as long as I can and making music with my friends as long as I can.” This philosophy shows in Mom Jeans., from their music to their online presence to their shows.