Themes of inadequacy and ineptitude over power chords and pretty melodies aren’t tropes that are new to music. We saw the millennial generation grow up on them, and now, through virtual cratedigging, it seems that those same tropes are pushing their way to the forefront of music, maybe now more than ever. You’re more apt to find new music in 2021 leaning closer to the “emo” side of the spectrum, and Andrew Goes To Hell’s first full body offering since 2019 is the perfect example of modern flair being placed over classic tones of nostalgia. “World’s Smartest Dumbass” is everything that some of your favorite emo albums used to be — it’s got 13 songs and features titles like “Please Don’t Call Me (I Don’t Wanna Fight)” — and there’s genuinely not a skip in sight. After dropping last week, WSD has garnered a good amount of buzz on the interwebs — I feel like I’ve seen this cover art daily via Instagram stories. While almost all of the content here deals in some of those feelings that lean toward inferiority, the use of reverb and distortion mixed with the production efforts make for an incredibly fun listen.
Andrew played a successful event with us over the weekend; and if “World’s Smartest Dumbass” is any indicator, Andrew just might be getting a lot busier in the not-so-far future. Be sure to follow Andrew on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and stream “World’s Smartest Dumbass” wherever you prefer to get your music.