DURRY, the sibling duo formed in 2020 by Austin and Taryn, has gifted us their debut album, “Suburban Legend”. It’s the perfect nostalgic journey to the 2000s with a fresh indie twist. Drawing inspiration from alternative, pop, and pop-punk icons like Sum 41 and The Killers, this 12-track gem stands out.
Coming from the Minneapolis suburbs, DURRY melds catchy punk melodies with the mainstream accessibility of 2010s alternative rock. It’s like a musical time machine that transports you to an era when music was the soundtrack of your life. The album predominantly features upbeat tracks adorned with irresistible indie-rock hooks that will cling to your mind. What truly distinguishes “Suburban Legend” are the occasional bursts of pop-punk energy, striking a perfect balance between nostalgia and contemporary appeal.
“Suburban Legend” embarks on a captivating exploration of the everyday, tackling themes like suburbia, capitalism and mental health. Their aim? To craft a unique and epic narrative within the backdrop of ordinary existence. This albums excels in its relatable lyrics, eloquently capturing the trials of daily routines, self-deprecation, and the quest for something more.
Coming of Age, the album’s opening track, establishes the tone with pulsating basslines that reel you in. Then you have Who’s Laughing Now?, the song that catapulted them to viral fame, igniting their musical journey. In this track, they articulate the frustration of young adults in 2021, resonating with those navigating the challenges and uncertainties of this era. Austin’s lead vocals, brimming with a distinctive snarl and grit, add an extra layer of conviction to every word.
Even though I like almost every song of this record, my favorite track in the album will be Worse For Wear. With each replay, this track feels like a comforting blanket for the younger version of myself, wrapping me in nostalgia and warmth. The lyrics “Now we’re just big kids living in an old man’s world, when’s it gonna be our turn?” , strike a chord deep within, eliciting a mix of emotions that wash over me.
While there’s room for DURRY to push their boundaries further, particularly on tracks like Losers Club and TKO, it’s evident they remain loyal to their artistic vision. Furthermore, you have the closing track named Encorethat is for everyone who is working through dark times, to imagine all the people in their lives cheering from them to just keep going.
Perhaps this album doesn’t break new ground musically, as it doesn’t venture into experimental territories, but somewhere deep within, I believe it doesn’t need to be. It’s a solid indie rock/ pop-punk album with an incredibly catchy sound. It’s showcases DURRY’s musical talents and their ability to craft songs that resonate deeply with the soul, making this debut a timeless gem. I can only imagine that if you were to experience this live, the atmosphere in the venue would be electric from the very start.