By Frank Bell
Three-piece experimental indie-rock band Thee More Shallows are gearing up to release the new album Dad Jams, their first offering in fourteen years this May 28th via Monotreme Records. Dad Jams is a retrospective look at life’s trajectory and the personal and creative choices that shape its convoluted path. Musically, it retains the adventurous, experimental edge of previous Thee More Shallows albums, but is also rooted in a stronger pop sensibility, with plenty of bouncy, hooky melodies that burrow into the mind for days.
Following the first album taster single Ancient Baby and the equally bright and infectious Drinking Tang, Thee More Shallows have now dropped the dreamy dating-app inspired melancholy-pop of Hey, Come On!. The new track moves more sparsely than the previous singles, with a distant drum machine underpinning desolate lyrics and a thoughtful atmospheric feel throughout, and this proves another example of why Dad Jams looks set to be the coolest album about fatherhood ever released.
On Hey, Come On!, Dee said: “Ug, this song. If using a dating app, you should be required to 1) answer, in full, 100 questions posed by a bot designed to ferret out and list all the ways your personality will metastasize within the context of a relationship, and 2) display your results as the entirety of your profile. I’d support legislation enacting the above mainly because I met my wife before dating apps. She got honey-potted into a lifelong partnership based on “has a sense of humor, smells ok.”