The year 2020 has been challenging for many and the music business has definitely suffered right along with us. The usual ways of touring and interacting personally with fans was not a possibility for musicians after a newly pandemic ravaged our world in March, so singers had to come up with new ways to stay relevant from a distance for months.
I immediately gravitated to the band AJR when they debuted their album The Click and even more with the Neotheater record in 2019. The three brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Metzger had a style that reminded me of the quirky They Might Be Giants, but made for a whole new generation. Songs such as the catchy "Beats" and the unique childhood sadness of "Don't Throw Out My Legos" all felt like they were speaking directly to me as a listener. "Sober Up" was released when I gave up drinking and I was able to tell the trio about it on the beach one day at an interview before they played an energetic live set along Lake Shore Drive.