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New Local Release: Today Is The Best Day Ever's Laugh More, You're Dying 

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Today Is the Best Day Ever
Laugh More, You’re Dying
Self-released
todayisthebestdayever.bandcamp.com/releases

Laugh More, You’re Dying is an EP about pain and hope. From family illness and the death of a dear friend to fear of the future, Today Is The Best Day Ever uses its emo punk as a vehicle for telling hard stories as a form of catharsis. 

The vocals are full of tight staccato, producing a unique phrasing that blurs the line between singing and spoken word. This is most noticeable on the opener, “The Spaces Between Each Step,” and in the final lines of “Laugh More, You’re Dying.” It enbraces that “emo revival” sound and feel that inspires the band. The EP’s closer, “Raggedy Ann,” fully leans into spoken word to express the anguish of seeing one’s mother, a poet herself, stuck in a hospital bed. The trumpet on “Beechview Trim” and “White Trash” adds a little flair to the three-piece’s sturdy songwriting, and is also a callback to early emo. 

In the EP’s quieter moments, such as “White Trash,” listeners hear the story of a young man who grows up in poverty, a point of ridicule for his peers. Now that’s he’s moved on to a fancy college, he has no idea what to do with his former reality. It’s a feeling many first-generation students can relate to, but it’s a topic seldom brought up in college conversations.

“Laugh More You’re Dying” is one of the more emotive tracks on the record; it’s a song about a friend who passed away as a result of addiction. A song like this feels particularly pressing in light of the opioid epidemic’s stranglehold, especially in Western PA. The vocals’ gentle restraint at the end of the song embody the feelings of hurt and regret, that feeling of blaming yourself even though there’s nothing you could really do anyway. 

Today Is the Best Day Ever avoids the trappings of stereotypical emo by not including any songs about failed romantic relationships. Instead, the darker, harder topics make the EP feel much more mature and nuanced.


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