Song Dissection is all about seeing songs in a different light. Today, we’re looking at Urbandub’s “First Of Summer” and why it became the sound of a generation.
Urbandub’s most popular hit was originally released back in 2005 as part of the their third album, Embrace. This third album was a leap in sound in comparison to the band’s previous two endeavors, Birth and Influence. However, this leap—albeit minor—signaled the band’s emergence onto the mainstream, with their songs “Alert The Armory," "Frailty," "Endless, A Silent Whisper,” and most especially, “First Of Summer,” becoming staples on radio stations nationwide. Suffice to say, Embrace started the band’s rise to popularity.
However, among all the songs of their third album, the one that eventually became everyone’s favorite was none other than “First Of Summer.” It was the rock band’s equivalent to a pop song, and popular it did eventually become.
“First Of Summer” had all the makings of an early 2000’s pop song: a catchy chorus that you can sing to, an awesome melody you can almost dance to, and lyrics that spoke of being completely carefree. All these pop elements were encased in such a way that Urbandub never had to compromise their unique rocking sound simply to accommodate having a pop song, and it was a success: the song soared through the charts and made Urbandub one of the most iconic and recognizable OPM bands during the 2000’s.
The lyrics of the song itself is quite straightforward, but in it lies the song’s unique charm: it can be inferred that “First Of Summer” is about the love between young lovers, waiting for the start of summer break to escape from the shackles of school. Perhaps after enduring so many mind-numbing days in school, all the two lovers want is to be alone, to enjoy each other’s company, and nothing more: “Parked car, This night sky, Makes city lights shine like diamonds, Our song plays on the radio.”
The song’s lyrics were simple, straightforward, and lighthearted enough that many of Urbandub’s many listeners immediately resonated with the song, further adding to its popularity. Even now, for a lot of people, it’s still the first song they play during the start of summer break.
In spite of the band’s previous hiatus and eventual dissolution, fans continue to enjoy their songs, with “First Of Summer” perhaps being at the top of that list. Watch the official music video of this (dated yet classic) song below:
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