There’s thousands of pictures of my face in existence. Between family photo albums, tagged photos from friends and my own personal collection, there’s a photo of me doing just about everything. But out of all the photos out there in the world, there’s not one of the face that I make when I hear a song I love for the first time. Like really love it. It’s usually accompanied by a ‘Yo what is this?’ or ‘turn this up!’ and an awkward fumbling of my phone so I can shazam it immediately. It happened to me the other day, when I was alone in my car and I took a quick glance in the mirror to see my face and I laughed out loud. My upper lip was cocked in the corner like Elvis and I had this stupid, cheshire cat grin spread across my whole face.
The song that made me make this face was ‘SOB’ by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats. It’s a perfect throwback to the hand clappin’, foot stoppin’ songs of my childhood and Mr. Rateliff sings the whole thing like a boisterous preacher delivering his Sunday sermon. Somehow he manages to communicate all the frustration and absurdity of life into each time he says ‘Sonofabitch!’ and sings it with such gusto that it makes me laugh every time. My second favorite track after this single is ‘Wasting Time’, a love song reminiscent of The Band’s endearing simplicity.
Check out this album, I guarantee it’ll leave a big goofy smile on your face, too. And hey, if anyone happens to see me make the aforementioned face in the future, please snap a pic for me.