â€œTNAâ€ Fit For All Ages
Listening to The New Anxietyâ€šÃ„Ã´s self-titled debut CDEP has restored my faith in indie rock. Not that my faith in the genre was ever really gone, but lately, Iâ€šÃ„Ã´ve viewed indie as being somewhat dichotomous â€šÃ„Ã¬ and not in a good way. On one hand, a new wave of teenybopper TRL favorites seems to have flooded the scene. These pseudo indie rockers are now a dime a dozen and sing about the usual, played-out topics: relationships, break ups, and anything and everything having to do with growing up. On the other hand, a more exclusive and almost elitist form of the music exists among hipper circles. The New Anxietyâ€šÃ„Ã´s eponymous release falls somewhere in between â€šÃ„Ã¬ easily accessible and enjoyable while at the same time intelligent and thought-provoking.Indie, math-rock, emo â€šÃ„Ã¬ hell, even geek-rock â€šÃ„Ã¬ these are all the terms that come to mind when describing the New Jersey quartet. Poppy at times while guitar-driven at others, TNA manages to draw in listeners with sweet, simple melodies and keep them interested with harsh, cathartic progressions. Vocalists Tim Recuber and John Masinoâ€šÃ„Ã´s voices posses a certain innocent quality about them prime for the radio waves. Yet, the subject matter of much of TNAâ€šÃ„Ã´s songs goes far beyond heartbreak and the like. Lyrics such as â€šÃ„ÃºWeâ€šÃ„Ã´re comfortable in a skin / So thickened and oblivious / To the harm descending slow and subtle and unquestioned / All choked rebuttals to false assurances that everythingâ€šÃ„Ã´s alright,â€šÃ„Ã¹ highlight themes dealing with anxiety, doubt, uncertainty, and even optimism. With such a great debut and an even better potential, TNA promises to be a band to keep an eye on.