I’ll be honest, I can’t remember if this track came out during last summer or not, but it’s got a hell of a summer vibe. I think I remember seeing the video before heading to work in the City last year which would place it as a 2009 summer song, but I can’t say for sure. Anyway, I’m a big fan of the power pop/dance/rock scene that includes bands like Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Plain White Ts and Cobra Starship. I have no idea if this is an actual scene or not, but to me it is.
For the longest time I didn’t know that Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester was the main female voice in the song (I only ever watched the free GG pilot thanks to iTunes and was out after several attempted rapes in just the first episode). I really dig how she sounds on the track and even though it’s a boastful party song, it’s a really fun boastful party song with great call-and-response and back-and-forth between Meester and the lead singer Gabe Saporta. Plus, the very idea of a secret club under a convenience store that’s being staked out by the cops is just cool and more complex than you get out of a lot of videos today (are they on the run at the very very end or being escorted to the cop cars?!).