When I think about spontaneous road trips, admittedly an escapist fantasy I lean into frequently, it’s always coupled with an exciting, carefree soundtrack— songs like “Bodys” by Car Seat Headrest and “Scooby’s in the Back” by Halfnoise come to mind, and “Mind Me” by The Foons is natural company.
Initially, it reminded me of “All My Friends” by LCD Soundsystem, but as it began to build, it fell somewhere between soft indie rock acts like Day Wave and more retro-inspired staples like The Strokes. It conjures up mental images of the summertime golden hour— a time of celebration, laughing, and pure joy. What makes this so interesting though is that this song is about falling in love with someone you know will hurt you in the end; going against your better judgement and pursuing someone at the risk of hurt. You’re euphoric in the moment, listening to heart over head, and at the time those potential consequences don’t seem to matter.
The song is longer than most I’ve reviewed here, at 5-minutes and 3-seconds long. I was shocked when I looked at the time stamp— it doesn’t feel nearly as long as it is, due in part to the way the song builds. It all leads up to the last minute where all sonic tension is released. It’s a moment that’s great for dancing, driving, or sharing a summer-y, fruity cocktail on the beach with your loved ones.
The Foons are a band from Chicago that refuses to be pigeonholed. Drawing from the different sounds and trends present in alternative rock, indie pop, and modern electronic, they’re experimental and refreshing, agreeable with audiences regardless of where their musical preferences lie.
Written by Jess Ward