A band that somehow blends the best parts of ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s music have come out with their debut EP. I Don’t Know How, But They Found Me released their EP “1981 Extended Play” on Nov. 9, which showcases how lyrically and musically intricate the duo can be.
I Don’t Know How, But They Found Me is made up of longtime friends Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman. The two were inThe Brobecks before they disbanded. Weekes would then go on to be the bassist for Panic! At The Disco and Seaman a drummer for Falling In Reverse. After the two left their projects, they decided to come back together for a new project.
Now that they have reconvened, they have managed to mix indie rock and new wave music for an interesting, indie/rock/electronic/pop mix.
At only six songs long, “1981 Extended Play,” wastes no time. There is no uneventful lull, there’s no break in the high energy each track brings.
Weekes has always been dark lyrically. This EP is no different. The ironically catchy “Choke” has Weekes belting out cynical lines like “I wouldn’t hesitate to smile while you suffocate and die” to a happy-go-lucky beat.
“Social Climb” glamorizes the rocky rise to fame. “Oh, but be advised, participation is required / Doing things not typically allowed,” Weekes sings almost dreadfully. It’s a sultry song, and not in a good way.
The fifth song “Absinthe” gives one of the better, quippy lines of the album: “Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.” The track has a strong, loud guitar riff, but is backed by a more easy-going piano in the opening notes, softening the harshness of the not only the vocals but the music as well.
Closing track “Do It All The Time” feels more retro. It’s got synth, guitar, and it’s easy to sing along to. A total earworm and a great way to end the EP, as you’ll only want to restart it once it’s over.
Each song feels dramatic, but appropriately so. Every track is a theatrical performance, meant to be played in front of a crowd. Both Weekes and Seaman have extensive experience writing music, and it shows through these multi-layered songs.
Panic! At The Disco even extended a congratulations to Weekes and idkhow on their EP. The band tweeted "Congrats to @DallonWeekes and his new band @iDKHOW."
Though it’s not Seaman or Weekes’ first time releasing music, it’s the first time they’ve released music like this. A modern take on retro sounds, “1981 Extended Play” is only the beginning for this new group. And we’re very excited to see what they will do next.
Article by Lindsey Lanham