The first time I heard "Kids Aren't Safe in the Metro," by the Finnish band Satellite Stories, I thought it included the lyric "We met yesterday at the disco." Now, though, I've heard it a few more times, and I'm pretty sure it's "We met yesterday at the Tesco," as in the supermarket chain. That's a good microcosm of the song as a whole.
On first exposure, "Kids Aren't Safe" scans as a piece of speedy, millennial indie rock, with the choppy guitars and busybody drums of a Bloc Party or Franz Ferdinand track. (The guy in Satellite Stories plays drums the way Twista raps, the way Arrested Development and 30 Rock scripts hit jokes.) But listen closer, and you realize the song's not soaked in hormones like most indie rock. The narrator sounds most excited when he's talking about tea: the warm cuppa he's planning to drink tonight, or the Earl Grey brandished by a girl he once knew. Then there's the title of the song, which sounds like something a hand-wringing grandmother might say.
Still, "Kids Aren't Safe" throws down its hooks in a way that almost requires some physical response--dancing or toe-tapping or wiggling in one's seat. So you might not notice how old-souled it is, right away. But the Finns will be ready with some oolong when you do.
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