Out today via Open Your Ears Records, Guardrail present Yikes. Get the track-by-track breakdown about the album here.
Really?: Turning 30, I was thinking about where I thought I would be at this point in my life when I was young. Things are a lot different than I expected. [Nods to Goldfinger (second verse drum fill), and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (“Holy shit, where’s the Tylenol?”)]
Anyway: We still go to shows these days. We just enjoy them a bit differently than we did as teenagers.
Shipwrecked (feat. Garret Rapp): The generations before us left us to inherit a broken world (i.e. global warming, the economy, etc). As a metaphor, the song is from the point of view of the crew of a ship. The captain drove it into a storm and abandoned ship, leaving the crew to face the consequences of his actions. [Note the nod to Walt Whitman (“O Captain, my Captain”)]
Belly-Up: We used to live worry-free, fun lives. As we got older, my friends all started becoming victims of adulthood, leaving me alone to decide to either keep partying or “grow up.”
’Til We’re Dead: Our generation as a whole has a lot on our plate, between financial stability, medical expenses, global warming, etc. It can be overwhelming to the point of feeling helpless. Maybe it would be easier to just do the bare minimum until our lives end.
Yikes: Acting as a counterpart to the previous track, this song focuses on the more positive outlook that while we may be suffering much more than we ever expected, we’re all going through this together, and we have hope that we’ll all pull through. [Nods to the Bouncing Souls (“I’m no good, you’re no better”), the Ramones (“The kids are losing their minds”), and InnerPartySystem (“Don’t worry now”)].