UPSET: (From left) Jennifer Prince, Ali Koehler, Maddie, and Patty motherfucking Schemel.
Get stoked, pop punk fans, your favorite record of 2013 is out this week! Upset, the new trio featuring Ali Koehler (Vivian Girls), Patty Schemel (motherfucking Hole!), and Jennifer Prince, are releasing their debut, She's Gone, on October 29, and it is the best sugary delight one could hope to find in the bottom of their trick-or-treat bag.
The songs—nearly all of them falling under the three-minute mark (as any decent pop punk song does)—bounce through memories of going back to school, dealing with mean girls, and messing around with crushes. While its youthful energy is definitely fun enough to still resonate with adults, it's also the record you should pass on to any tweens and teenagers you know—Upset's perfect balance of confidence and unpretentiousness will inspire anyone who listens to pick up a guitar or drumsticks (or at least have a very loud sing-along in their bedroom).
Singer Ali Koehler kindly answered my questions about pop punk, mean internet commenters, and, of course, the fluffy white sunglasses-wearing dog in their promo photo.
My first question, the most important question: What is the name of the dog in your promo photo, the one wearing sunglasses?
That's Maddie, the photographer's dog. We took all these serious photos, and then she jumped into our lap, and the dog's owner was like, "Oh, I've got a good idea," and put some sunglasses on her. It was really funny.