“I hate almost everyone / I find it hard to still have fun with who I’m hanging around” is the perfect sentiment to kick off an album called Teenage Movie Soundtrack. And what follows is exactly what you’d expect: angst, pop punk melodies, and rhythm guitar drenched in fuzz.
But the debut full-length album by Charleston natives and childhood friends Heyrocco (made up of Nathan Merli, Christopher Cool, and Tanner Cooper) is full of varied influences and surprises. The album takes a noticeable turn on third track, “Virgin,” which could almost be a song on Nirvana’s In Utero. With more discordant melodies, grittier lyrics (“everyone’s a horny jerk”), and Merli’s voice putting into effect ‘90s grunge intonations — part Conor Oberst, part Kurt Cobain — it feels like the opening pop punk tracks were just something the band needed to get off their chest before exploring harsher, louder territory.
From playing in their parents’ garage to opening for outfits like Grouplove, Those Darlins and The Weeks and playing shows across the states and the UK, the South Carolina three-piece have made a solid collection on their debut LP, and it seems they’re just getting started.