For a band named after what Europeans call Cool Ranch Doritos, Portland’s Cool American sure can write anthemic songs. Today’s song, “Waking Up,” from a collection that “won’t fit” on this Friday’s new album, Infinite Hiatus, is a perfect example. There’s something moving in the way soft acoustic strumming gives way to a crescendo of power chords at the mere mention of coffee, and in the way singer Nathan Tucker’s voice maintains its just-tired-enough quality throughout the song. This is indeed what waking up feels like.
P.S. Big props to them for fitting in the phrase “putzed around.”
All proceeds go to Southern Poverty Law Center. 2017