Strawberry Generation
“These Days”

In China, the “Strawberry Generation” is synonymous with the West’s crop of millennials — it’s a blanket term draped over the country’s 20-to-30-somethings who bruise as physically and emotionally as overripe fruit.

In Rhode Island, the Strawberry Generation is a twee-pop quintet as sulked-out and squishy as its namesake implies. Their latest Bandcamp upload, “These Days,” is a twinkly ode to these fragarian times: fraught with hyper-awareness of self-image, a doubtful future looming on the horizon, and a veil of intentional hope worn to combat it.

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See the plates shifting / Hear the tables drifting / Feel the weight of someone missing their mom,” sings Valerie Zhu.

*Here the Strawberries sound like Cranberries, their sugars breaking down into sour t(w)ang, their tendrils reaching for the light leaking through the overcast, Zhu’s syllables spilling out like a conversation catching a train of thought, planet-sized metaphors dwarfed by the mundane, snares leaving muffled prints in the wet soil…*

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“These Days” will appear on a six-song EP titled Punnet. The whole shebang’s slated to drop in September. If you often feel like a berry, bulbous and juicy enough to drop from the vine, keep a chloroplast open for new tunes down the pipeline.

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CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we’ll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.

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