"Just Deal With It" By I Like You/Grunge/Released 2014
Formed in 2006, I Like You is the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Eric Conner. Over the past decade the group has had a few line up changes to its rhythm section. The most recent being bassist Ryan Prothro and drummer Fred Birch.
The band sounds like an amalgam of some of the best 90s rock the decade had to offer. With audible influence from the likes of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Pixies. However, unlike the watered down “post-grunge” copycats of the 2000s, I Like You sounds like they were plucked straight from the MTV peak era. And have stamped their own flavor to the 90s grunge sound into a style the band has coined as “deathpop”. And the group’s 2014 release “Just Deal With It” is a fine deathpop album indeed.
The record and songs that contain it are well balanced, finding the middle ground between dirty guitar crunch and dreamy melody, The production of the album is ripe with reverb and echoes, giving the tracks a haunting feel. The reverberation also highlights Eric Conner’s distinct vocal style which, while having a slight nasal tinge, can easily navigate from softer melodies to loud and aggressive.
There’s alot of hard rocking to be had throughout the album, with one of my favorites tracks being set right at the beginning. “Snake Bite” may be the record’s simplest song and also one of its heaviest, with a dirty opening lick that becomes a headbanging rocker once the drums kick in. Also “Hype Cloudz” is a popular crowd pleaser complete with gang shout vocals, a fast tempo to mosh to, and a heavy breakdown to close out the song.The group is no slouch at softer melodies either. “Come to Kentucky to Die (Californicate)” is a softer track with lyrics detailing hopes and dreams that many listeners can identify with.
The Kentucky rockers I Like You give alot of reason for you to like them back. While they bring the gospel of Generation X to the Millennial crowd, they aren’t looking to simply emulate their 90s icons, They’re looking to carry the torch. And if they can build on the work of this album they just may have the power to bring “deathpop” to the masses