Refreshing, simple -- refreshingly simple. Short and sweet, but not sweet like Mandy's candy (almost forgot that one, didn't you?). No, more sweet like the Juno version of, "Anyone Else But You."
Either way, "School Friends" feels prepubescent. It has a vulnerability to it that is adolescent, but not so much as to alienate an older generation. What's interesting about this Minneapolis-based band is that two of their members (Cacie Dalager and Bradley Hale) met in band camp. Well, maybe that's not as interesting as being produced by Death Cab For Cutie producer/guitarist Chris Walla.
I'm suppressing the desire to admit how the diction of the lyrics instantly reminded me of Avril Lavigne's "Sk8ter Boi". There, I said it. Two horribly chintzy references in one post, I'm on a roll.
Now, Now will release their second full-length album, Threads, on March 6 via Trans-Records.