Music for class-free afternoons

There's something very "college" about Reticence's ReMedial. Maybe it's the way the local trio draws inspiration from early emo volume knob-twiddlers like Sunny Day Real Estate and Hum. Appropriate to their sound, the band usually tackles serious subject matter like domestic abuse, divorce, and that age-old story about the musician who sacrifices his privacy in a quest for fame. (And indeed, one nice thing about being a no-name Midwestern band is that people generally leave you alone.) But the track that will perk up most twentysomethings' ears is "Up Up Down Down," a serene love song encrypted in a video game trick. The old-school Nintendo fans among us will recognize up up down down left right left right B A select start as the Konami code used to begin games like Contra and Life Force with 30 lives--in two-player mode. If that ain't the most sincere sign of young love, I don't know what is.

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