BlackBook Premiere: New Family Dinner Single + Video ‘You’re So Cool’ is Giving Us Serious ’90s Flashbacks
Remember that last decade before the turn of the Millennium, we were young and cool (we’re still pretty cool), there was no social media, and we actually carried on physical conversations with one another about the kinds of things cool people talk about? Bill Clinton was making the White House a fun place to hang, there was no threat of a totalitarian America…and you could just kick back on an uncomfortable seat at the poorly maintained movie theater, and watch people getting murdered in style (see: Pulp Fiction, The Professional.)
These are exactly the sort of ’90s flashbacks we’ve been having since the debut Family Dinner single ‘You’re So Cool’ (yes, we already mentioned how cool we were in the first paragraph) popped into our in-box. With its thundering drums, wall-of-noise guitars, and immediate punk-pop hooks, it has us reminiscing about the likes of Garbage, L7, Smashing Pumpkins…and most especially Her Royal Obnoxiousness Courtney Love.
But the song also harkens back to some of our most cherished pre-oughts cinematic moments. Indeed, with its lyrics about a couple on the lam from what we can only imagine is the long arm of the law, singer Natalie Simonelli reveals that it was actually inspired by those blood-soaked classics True Romance and Natural Born Killers.
“It’s an upbeat, fun, hard hitting rock song,” she enthuses, “juxtaposed with dark lyrics telling the tale of two people on the run after committing murder…and you thought your significant other was a ride or die?”
She then quite reasonably concludes, “This is definitely not your average love song.”
The accompanying video is just the sort of mad, unconcerned party we wish we could actually be having right now (and that we had nearly every day back in the ’90s).
It’s taken from their upcoming and also (of course) debut album of the same name as the song, written by Simonelli and bandmate Michael O’Keeffe, and recorded with producer Brett Romnes at the helm. It’s due out February 12, 2021, just in time for Valentine’s Day—so let it be a reminder to select a romantic partner who would be, you know…willing to kill for you.