“I can by no means write like Bob Dylan / By no means be as cool as [Kurt] Cobain,” sings Mod Solar firstly of “Perfectly Imperfect,” the tune the alt-rocker dropped on June 10. Within the new monitor, Mod Solar (b. Derek Smith) exhibits the maturity and perspective from residing a number of many years on this earth. In opposition to the backdrop of a 2020s pop-punk bop, Mod Solar acknowledges that whereas he’s huge and comprises multitudes, he additionally comprises limits.
“I’m completely imperfect / I can’t be every thing they need me to be,” he sings within the refrain. “Each mistake is what makes me, me / I’m completely imperfect.” Mod Solar acknowledges how he can’t mirror the success of his heroes (“I’ll by no means be large because the Beatles”) or have sure skills as his contemporaries (“I might by no means sing like Adele”) but it surely’s not a pity occasion. It’s a neon-dyed affirmation of understanding one’s limits, and acknowledging that having flaws or contradictory habits (“All these tattoos however hate needles”) aren’t that unhealthy. It’s a misfits’ anthem for anybody on the market who may be battling their very own journey, one thing to elevate them up after they don’t meet these units of unimaginable requirements.
“Perfectly Imperfect” is the second launch from Mod’s upcoming album. It follows “Wealthy Children Wreck All the things,” a tune that acts each as a declaration of warfare on gentrification as nicely a method for Mod Solar to reintroduce himself. “I grew up a scene child,” he mentioned, per Kerrang. “I grew up a skateboarder and a pop-punk child and I used to get made enjoyable of for being all of these, for the way in which I seemed, the way in which I dressed, for the way in which I acted, and all of the issues I like and it’s each superior and hilarious, but complicated seeing most people and popular culture embracing all of the issues that I might get torn down for. It is a tune that I wrote for all the children that really feel assured in their very own pores and skin and don’t stroll round carrying a dressing up.”
Mod Solar’s punk cred has additionally led to some Billboard success. He co-wrote and co-produced Love Sux, the brand new album from his fiancé Avril Lavigne. Love Sux reached No. 2 on the High Rock Albums chart, and No. 9 on the US Billboard 200. Mod joined Avril for her Chunk Me 2022 Canada Tour in Could and is at present set to play on the Firefly Music Pageant in September. Within the meantime, followers can rewatch Good Mourning, the stoner comedy that Mod and Machine Gun Kelly co-wrote and co-directed. The movie additionally stars Avril, MGK’s fiancée Megan Fox, and stars like Pete Davidson, Whitney Cummings, Dove Cameron, and Becky G.