Experimental pop-punk artist Colleen Green brings the vibes of our favorite ’90s tracks, pairing them with heavier riffs and warm, textured production. Beginning her career in 2010, Green recorded her first two albums, Milo Goes To Compton (2012) and Sock It To Me (2013), entirely on her own. Playing and mixing all of her tracks by herself, Green created her music far from the studio –whether that was in her bedroom, in a friend’s living room, or in a basement. Her past offerings have been purely her, serving as a testament to her self-sufficiency and perhaps trepidation.
Green’s anticipated studio album I Want To Grow Up premiered in February of 2015, sharing her story of the inevitable, yet gruesomely draining concept of growing older. As a prospect, growing up can be terrifying and ultimately depressing, but Green reminds us that we do not have to do it alone. This most recent collection of songs follow the newly 30-year-old Green as she navigates through a minefield of emotion. To make her third full-length album, she traveled from her native Los Angeles to work alongside Diarrhea Planet’s Casey Weissbuch and Jeff The Brotherhood’s Jake Orrall at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, Tennessee. Having toured together over the years and developing a strong appreciation for each others styles, the trio composed a soundtrack that leaves the listener with no choice but to feel the sympathetic growing pains of revelatory maturation, and the anxieties that come along with it.
Green disembogues a series of intimate, self-reflective monologues in the ten tracks on the album, exploring the question of why growing up at the age of 30 seems just as challenging as it did turning 18. »
– Victoria Schmidt
Colleen Green plays live in Portland September 11 at The Know