When I Write My Master’s Thesis by John K. Samson

What the hell happened to guitar pop? It’s disappeared into the digital sea of chilled out synthesizers, the experimental whirlwind of hardcore punk and rock, and the wooden breeze of indie folk. Where are all the Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, and Death Cab for Cuties? Five years ago those guys were on top of the world. It’s just so rare to find an exceptional guitar pop song these days. “When I Write My Master’s Thesis” by John K. Samson ignores that scarcity and nonchalantly restores the missing vitality in the six-string harmony. Samson, a frontman of the Canadian indie rock band, The Weakerthans, spins a descriptive tale of a grad student’s struggle to finish his master’s thesis. The songwriting is highly detailed with descriptions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game sessions, library all-nighters, and one of my personal favorites, the horrid task of citing sources. It’s a relatable song for anybody who’s ever had a monolith of academia presented in front of them. “When I Write My Master’s Thesis” is a catchy, unpretentious song that highlights the joy of finishing something you’ve been painstakingly working at. Maybe guitar-pop isn’t so hard to find after all.

-Ryan

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