If MGMT and Tame Impala Threw a Party It Would Feel Like This
36? are at the door rapping the drums of “so what?” for an introduction. Richly arranged guitars and synths follow
breaking beyond the bedroom rock origins of 36?. But the lyrical introspection remains – vocals echo out from a cave of self doubt carved within the celebration. By the time you notice while spinning an upbeat indie mix, you might say “so what?” That’s the start of a conversation 36? would love to have.
Front-man and 36? Songwriter Taylor Cochrane on “so what?”
“so what?” is about when being out with all of your friends can’t stop you from feeling alone. When you’re so down on yourself that it feels disingenuous to even engage with the people who are close with you. I don’t think this song is really about a particular moment so much as it is about a general feeling of disassociating isolation we might get at moments when we are supposed to be having a good time but we are not. I think the natural reaction when you are feeling super depressed is to overcompensate with faux-positive energy and pretend everything is super happy which is what we did with the arrangement. “so what?” is like when someone tells a funny joke about how they hate themselves. You laugh, but you also know they are serious