‘Dear Lemon House, You Ruined Me: Senior Year’ continues the story of Philadelphia emo-mathcore band Kaonashi’s 2018 EP, ‘Why Did You Do It?’, by expanding on the character of Jamie, the androgynous protagonist of the group’s catalogue. The teen is entering their final year of high school and is feeling the pressure to succeed and make something of their life. The debut full length follows Jamie through their first day of school, romantic relationship with love interest Casey, and the turmoil that come with being an American teenager.
Vocalist Peter Rono had this to say about the album:
“We want this record to make people anxious. We want them to feel a sense of urgency. If they catch themselves thinking that they could do something to change the story of the album, then maybe — just maybe — they will take steps to make a difference in the world around them.”
We got the band to talk about some of the best bands from their hometown, Philadelphia, that may have slipped under our radar.
Peter: My favorite Philly local is a band called Soul Glo. They’re kind of like an experimental band that mixes punk, screamo, rap and electronic music. I first met their guitarist Ruben in 2014 and he’s been a constant inspiration to me. There’s not many bands I can relate to when it comes to race, so when I first saw their singer Pierce and heard what he was saying I was instantly hooked.
Alex: I have always loved this band. They have a very unique sound and style, and always stood out from the rest of the bands in the Philly area. They have consistently put out incredible releases, and I hope they put out more in the future.
August: I love this band because knowing the guys for a few years now, their sound and image as a band is so reflective of them as individuals. It’s been difficult for me to get into newer heavy bands recently, but the new singles they released had me listening repeatedly. They blend the rock and roll attitude with the weight of hardcore in a way that’s hard to replicate.
Roger: For fans of pop punk! These guys are catchy, both vocally and instrumental wise. I also love the tuning that they play in. I remember trying out Ben’s guitar and trying find my way around it while he watched (amused at my struggle, no doubt). Definitely keep an eye on these guys! Recently signed to unbeaten records they have a lot of things in the works!
Ryan: This band is wild. They’re a bunch of little prog shred lords. Just insanely talented and writing really good music. On top of that, they’re super nice kids who just love music. Extremely underrated but I know they’re gonna takeover when it’s their turn.
Kaonashi‘s debut album ‘Dear Lemon House, You Ruined Me: Senior Year’ is out now, via Equal Vision/Unbeaten Records and Rude Records.