Was it Robert Frost who said, “Nothing gold can stay”? With their second and final release The Day We Met, The Other Stars say goodbye and solidify themselves in our memory as one of those bands you turn back to time and time again. Whether it be heartache or a deep need for self-reflection, the band gave voice to a generation of twenty-year-olds who felt lost, confused, and desperate to get their shit together.
The Day We Met continues the themes of young love and self-discovery as the band’s debut record We Were Kids. Yet, The Day We Met feels even more reflective. The record remains resolutely self-aware that this is the end, opening with the line “I watch you walk away” on the first track “Everyone I Know.” The album is lyrically and instrumentally strong from start to finish. Like We Were Kids, The Day We Met tells a story, one you want to keep listening to no matter how many times you’ve already heard it.
Following the haunting “Everyone I Know” comes “Future Distant History,” a song which presents itself as an upbeat track with fun guitar riffs, yet hides lyrics like, “Let’s grow claws and let’s start digging up out of our graves / Forget those crying aloud to be saved / And let everything go ’cause feelings are lame.” Every twenty-something-year-old can relate to “Flood,” a track about feeling “so ungrown” and trying to find your place.
But just when the self-reflecting can start to feel like too much, the record’s self-titled track offers a soft reprieve. “The Day We Met” is summery and relaxing and would absolutely be best appreciated when listened to out in the sun (in other words: get it together, climate change, so we can truly revel in the simple lyric and instrumental mastery outdoors).
The pace picks back up with “Castle Hill” and “Mr. Boston” before ending with “Wasted.” This ending track is melodic, sentimental, and the perfect ending to The Day We Met and The Other Stars’ discography. The song harkens back to We Were Kids with the mention of the famous green dress. Asking, “Did you think I was wasted / When I got up the nerve to finally stop and face it?”, “Wasted” echoes the stories of longing and loss we’ve heard along The Other Stars’ journey and leaves us somewhere different from where we started.
As if the music itself weren’t enough of a gift, frontman Connor Bird has started a mental health non-profit called the Organization for the Pursuit of Happiness. Take This to Heart Records is also donating 10% of the album sales to this organization.
With this move, The Other Stars show what makes them and bands like their contemporaries Modern Baseball so dear to their fans’ hearts. Both bands kept their loyal fans wanting more of their honesty and openness with relationships, life, and mental health. Yet it’s their willingness to set the best example they can for their fans by looking out for their well-being first and foremost that means they can only last so long. It’s the most bittersweet Catch-22.
Especially in this niche genre of emo-indie-pop-punk that is so often plagued by misogyny and an IDGAF attitude, The Other Stars and Modern Baseball provide us an example of what this music community should strive for. Mental health is no joke, and—as both The Other Stars and Modern Baseball have shown us—if we all look out for ourselves and each other, the world would be a much happier place. Until then, we say adieu to The Other Stars and thank them for putting out one last magnificent record.
“The Day We Met”
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