Let’s all go back, shall we, to that beautiful, awkward, simpler time known as “middle school”. Or whatever the UK equivalent is. Secondary school? I’m worried that if I make one more reference to my own ignorant Americanness, my editors will finally grow tired of it and fire me outright. Take your best shot, Lee, I’ve earned it.
But anyway, back to middle school: who was your go-to band during the required adolescent “angst” phase? My brother was quite a big fan of Slipknot, System of a Down, and Bring Me The Horizon at that time, which actually have all aged relatively well compared to the kids who have to face the fact that they were really into Korn. The closest I ever got was a good solid hardcore punk phase, but even then it was confined to old school harbingers of alt-rock like Husker Du and The Replacements. Not that I didn’t have my own embarrassing tastes: we can talk about my unironic love for a couple of Puddle of Mudd songs at a later date.
If you were a 15-year-old in 1994 and the grunge rock bands had a little too much pep in their step for you, there’s a good chance that you were infatuated with a little band called Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor’s doomtastic, thoroughly-depressing (but in a cathartic sort of way) industrial dance band of goth weirdos were the perfect band to give your parents the finger to and wash away your sorrows in. I am honestly still amazed that NIN were able to translate their references to suicide, BDSM, drug abuse, and godlessness into platinum selling mainstream success. Only in the ’90s, folks.
Anyway, LA punks HEALTH have teamed up with Reznor and fellow Nine Inch Nail Atticus Ross on their new single ‘Isn’t Everyone’. It’s the band’s first release since their fifth studio LP Disco4:Part1 was released last year.
Check it out below as you dig back into your collection of Vans and black jeans.