Lyricist Matt Skiba gets transcendental here with the help of Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath on one of My Shame…’s better tracks. This separation of body, mind and soul is unique in punk, keeping “Pessimist” less bogged down by old idioms. Still, no track needs five choruses; [LISTEN].
Riff by Karl Ernest
Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.