When I was six, I was promoted early to the second grade.
The teacher told me I was “special”, “above average”,
a child with a mind capable to create.
Atop a pedestal of pride, I was poisoned with praise,
which surely was seen as encouragement,
but now, twelfth grade, we are all enraged.
the word “unique” is overused in college essays,
and we have become the common app.
We are thrown into a system of competition
that gives the illusion of diversity -
“Write about what makes you different.”
but we are all thrown towards the same thing,
we are told to fight for ivy,
and so we are no longer different enough,
individuality is limited to 650 words or less and
a major we decide on before we are ready.
we are supposed to convince them we are deserving,
but why shouldn’t they have to deserve us?
our generation has become a generalization
of indecision, procrastination, and frustration,
we are defined by scantrons, scrawls, and teacher recommendations,
focused on the future during the “best years of our lives” manifestation.
our “specialty” is defined by the condition of our competition -
we are decimals, we are GPA,
we are students, we are inmates,
we are fighting for a way out with embellished writings of from where we came,
the pressure of which may only drive us away.
As pop punk and indie pop continue to gain momentum in both the scene and the mainstream, it’s hard to stray from the format of either genre and still maintain relevance. Driver Friendly have been able to functionally fuse these two genres together with synth and horn elements since their formation in 2002, and it’s gotten them a signing to Hopeless Records, a single featuring Dan “Soupy” Campbell of The Wonder Years, and a new full-length flooded with their trademark, stand-out sound.