On October 22, alternative rock band, Social Animals, released their latest single “Adults.” The Minnesota-grown band has been grinding away since their formation in 2012 and in the past few years, they have finally hit their stride. In the summer of 2017 they hit the road accompanying the mega mainstream alt band ,The All-American Rejects, for their US tour. In 2019, they signed with Rise Records and started the making of their anticipated LP. Late 2019 took them on the road again with label mates Angels & Airwaves. While the pandemic cut their touring and live-shows short, the band has kept their pace working on new music and live stream performances.
“Adults” is the first taste we get of what’s to come and it’s anthemic. The single has heart from beginning to end as it follows the jarring revelation we all have when we are forced to realize that we’ve grown up. With hard, instrumental collisions and gliding lyrics it creates a juxtaposition of urgency in the present and reminiscence of the past. The vocals assert a smooth sarcasm that one can only have when speaking to someone they truly love.
“I wrote this song about the moment you realize all your friends are adults now, and you’re still calling for a ride home on Tuesday night.”
– Dedric Clark, Singer
The hyper-personal lyrics have a hard punch as they follow the journey of having your friends remind you of the cold reality that you can’t behave like a kid anymore. A nostalgic picture is painted with the verse, “We were driving home sipping vodka from a water bottle/One foot in the grave and the other on the throttle.” It captures that feeling of invincibility that comes with youth but reminds us all that it’s all fleeting. The song ends with the proclamation “Could we try to be adults right now?” leaving the listener to digest that bold, hard-hitting truth bomb.
“Adults” is deeply evocative. An anthem that could be belted in your car as a release from all the weight adulthood has added to your back. Download the song on Spotify and check out the visualizer for the single below. Most importantly, keep the name Social Animals in your radar, because they are just getting started.