Growing Up

Emo finds some unlikely champions in a culture critic, jazz virtuoso, and two rock-scene vets

The fact that Diers, Gaddis, and Foust knew each other as teens might also have something to do with the album's thematic thread. "Call Me Sometime, Best Friends Forever" is a poignant sequel to Hüsker Dü's "These Important Years," lifting its lyrics right off the pages of a high school yearbook ("Stay Sweet this summer, kay?/ Don't party too har-day"). Meanwhile, "24" features lines such as "Smells like teen forgiveness/And at 23 we'll still be good friends."

Come aboard, we're expecting you: Love-Cars (left to right) Alex Gaddis, James Diers, Matt Foust, and Dave King
Daniel Corrigan
Come aboard, we're expecting you: Love-Cars (left to right) Alex Gaddis, James Diers, Matt Foust, and Dave King

When asked if it seems odd that a band given to covering Springsteen--Diers staged a recent local-music tribute to the Boss--would find an audience among Promise Ring fans, the musicians shrug. "Our support at venues like the Foxfire has always been pretty organic," Diers says. "None of us are complete grown-ups anyway."

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