Post-Emo band Hot Mulligan have released a new single, “Shh! Golf Is On” It is off their forthcoming album, Why Would I Watch.
What makes this song different than their previous work is the move towards a poppier sound. However, they managed to make this shift while still maintaining their original math-rock melodies and punchy rhythms. My favorite part is their drummer’s (Brandon Blakeley) cow bell.
While many other bands recently writing about love or broken hearts, this song reaches deeper to the damaged roots of a family tree. Ahead of listening to this song, I read that lead singer Tades Sanville was quoted saying, “Shhh! Golf is on” is about my mom. I’m asking her to die. Every time I hear about her, she’s a worse person than before”. This is clear by the second verse: “The shame I have to look like mom.” His discontent is further explained with the hard hitting lyrics, “there’s nothing special in the water here/there’s no reason you should feel the need to stay.” While the music is energetic and upbeat, the lyrics tell an angsty and deeper story. It’s easy to miss and mistake the song for one about a lover, which is what makes it all the more hard hitting. Family doesn’t alway feel close, sometimes it all just falls apart.
I love how this song encapsulates so many emotions towards family in a swift go. It also helps that it’s extremely catchy. I’ve had it on repeat since its release on Thursday. The course is a loop of distaste and letting go. Though not everyone feels as strongly towards their parents, everyone can relate to that feeling.
Hot Mulligan formed in 2014 out of Lansing, Michigan. The foursome have been slowly rising from the basement alternative scene. They quickly gained popularity during the release of their second album, Pilot in 2018 and third album, you’ll be fine in 2020. After years of opening for bands like The Wonder Years and New Found Glory, they seem to finally be coming into their own and moving out of the underground.
You can also catch Hot Mulligan on tour w/ The Wonder Years and Carly Cosgrove:
MAR 14 @ Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, Nashville, TN
MAR 15 @ Red Flag, St. Louis, MO
MAR 16 @ Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
MAR 17 @ The Athenaeum Theatre, Columbus, OH
MAR 18 @ Empire Live, Albany, NY
MAR 20 @ The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada
MAR 22 @ College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT
MAR 23 @ State Theatre, Portland, ME
MAR 24 @ The Paramount, Huntington, NY
MAR 25 @ The Queen, Wilmington, DE
MAR 26 @ The Queen, Wilmington, DE
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