Gen Y will wonder why; Gen Z will say, 'Squee!'RCA Records, 2017
5.0 / 10
This is a true story.
Just the other day while driving my car with one of my friends, MISSIO‘s single, “Middle Fingers”, came on the radio. My friend, being familiar with the song, scoffed in disgust. I was also familiar with the song but didn’t mind it. It was catchy; though, not challenging by any means. “He’s not even singing. He’s just talking pretty much,” my friend said referring to the song’s verses. And really, he’s right. Even the chorus doesn’t feature much singing; rather, it’s harmonizing on the letter ‘O.’ My friend’s main offense with the band likely stems from “Middle Fingers” appearing on an alternative rock station. It’s not the kind of alternative rock he remembers from the ’90s: Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, etc. Times have changed. For the better or worse? That depends on the generation.
MISSIO, the duo of Matthew Brue and David Butler, fit in the music decade of the younger millennials. Their album, Loner, implies a sense of woke with every song. If you don’t know woke, and think I’m grammatically using it wrong, you must be an older millennial or Gen X’er. Loner‘s songs feel woke because they seem to be fighting back against a wave of wrongdoing. Young protesters will use this music for motivation. The duo establish a lot of drops with their electronic arrangements. You can practically feel them well in advance before they ever happen. And through the power of music, good will prevail. Listen as MISSIO defeats the baddest of the bad, Darth Vader, on “KDV”: “Killing Darth Vader with my motherfucking kick drum.” Boom! Won’t see him anymore.
So while younger millennials may eye MISSIO with adoration, older ones like myself may just see them as a pair of good looking dudes getting into this music thing. They’ll rack up a few hit singles; maybe even date some celebrities. All feels like a quick cash grab in our current decade of music. They even admit it on “Kamikaze”: “I want money/ And power/ And champagne and fame.” However, it’s their black hearts to blame. While MISSIO will likely achieve realizing such dreams, music trends will change as they always do. Then, we’ll barely remember MISSIO and many other artists of this time period. They’ll just be a nostalgic reminder. Maybe good or maybe bad. The point then is for MISSIO and MISSIO’s fans to have a great time with this moment. Cherish it. Because it doesn’t promise longevity.