We’ve all got our own deep wells of visceral memories, some of which are completely insignificant in retrospect while others can be cited as the launching point of an entire new chapter in our lives. For Useless ID frontman Yotam Ben Horin, one night in 2019 was critical in helping him re-evaluate the trajectory of things and, among other outcomes, led to the new single “Santa Monica Pier” from the songwriter’s forthcoming solo venture Young Forever.
The brief, upbeat acoustic track recalls an evening he spent with his now-wife Paola at the West Coast destination of the song’s title where he set in motion a plan to move out of his pal Fat Mike of NOFX’s punk house and onto the next chapter his life had to offer. “That night with Paola at Santa Monica Pier is a core memory of mine since it came out of nowhere and was unplanned—like most of the cool things in life,” he recalls. “It left such an impression in my mind to appreciate the little things in life.”
Like the new single, Young Forever is an overall optimistic take on the last few years, with the fact that Horin is currently mid-tour (where “Santa Monica Pier” has been a live staple) providing just one way in which things have eased up since the pandemic began. “I think this album is very hopeful and shows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel in a way,” he confirms.
Watch the lyric video below, and anticipate Young Forever out May 20 via Double Helix Records.