Wild Once headlines a night of cathartic emo rock tonight at Mr. Goodbar. Fresh on the heels of their 2019 release Perennials, Wild Once have dropped a new track off their upcoming EP. Their new track “Trophy Girls,” the title track of their forthcoming EP, is an anthemic ode to digital addiction. As lead vocalist and guitarist Tom Mayer says:

“On a broad scale… this song is sort of an acknowledgement of how often we catch each other staring at our phones these days. It’s to the point where we often don’t even feel rude whipping them out in the middle of a real life conversation. In both personal and professional situations. We use them to fill the fill the silence, that we get so bored and uncomfortable with so quickly. It makes us more lonely and yet we think it is the solution for loneliness. We weigh our options. We’re curious about what else is happening where we are not. We’re addicted.”

What’s so striking about this track is rather than strike a deeply nihilistic tone, the song becomes a cathartic reminder to stay present in an age of disconnect. To savor the potentially mundane, and find beauty in what others pass by. While the release date of the full EP is still up in the air, this promises to be a very strong release. Definitely a must listen for fans of The Menzingers, The Gaslight Anthem, and The Hotelier.

Also on the bill are moody indie rockers The Eaves. Aside from the obvious comparisons to bands like The National, The Eaves really refined their sound on 2018’s Learning to Live in the Dark, and are a deeply compelling band to watch live. Rounding out the bill is shoegaze alt-rockers Previous Love. If getting in touch with your emotions is the goal this Valentine’s Day, I can think of no better way to spend it than singing along to some sad music. Doors at 8pm with a $10 cover.

Written by John Smigielski