The band: fun.
The song: "Some Nights"
The part that is currently playing in an endless loop in our brains:
"Oh-oh! Oh oh whoa-oh! Oh oh whoa-oh oh-oh!"
Why Ouisi hates this band: The band name makes up for its lack of capitalization with unnecessary punctuation. That's unforgivable right there. And the lead singer's face and voice illicit a gut feeling of rage within me, which is strange because they aren't that bad and I don't like feeling angry at anybody, especially somebody as innocuous as this twerp.
Why Patrick hates this band: This band looks and sounds like something that the 1980s rejected for being too annoying. Also, the lead singer looks like an emaciated Mark Wahlberg.
Why Ouisi hates this song: I get a bad vibe from this song, like it was created specifically to bother me. When it comes on the radio, I instinctively wrench my earbuds out, and I'm afraid I'm going to rupture an ear canal.
Why Patrick hates this song: When I hear this song, I feel like I'm stuck in a bar full of drunk white people who won't stop singing.
Every time this song comes on the radio, Ouisi wishes it would be replaced by:
Of Monsters and Men, "Mountain Sound"
Every time this song comes on the radio, Patrick wishes it would be replaced by:
U2, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
You know what bands are doing now, is that they add in and layer on everything they can possibly include. It's a reaction against the horrible alt rock of the late '90s and the early aughts, which tried to sound minimalist and stripped down and DEEP AND MANLY but sensitive at the same time.
Now the bands are experimenting with lots of instrumentation and harmonizing multiple singers, and trying to sound grandiose.
But this guy has a voice built for easy listening. My dentist put on Whitney Houston while she was cleaning my teeth last week, and I can imagine this guy warbling on the lite rock stations in ten years.
What? The video is of the Civil War? This is. . . this is disrespectful. And the drum beat is completely wrong for marching! And you have to go through a full minute of Union/Confederate romance to get to the song.
The lyrics aren't great. Not bad. It's a song about a discontented guy, but it's being sung by the most chipper-sounding band since Smash Mouth. That doesn't come across as ironic or subversive; it's just a mismatch.
So that's "Some Nights." We are releasing our earworm to you, and may you never have a day's luck with it.