Dollar Signs Spoil and Then Clash With Their Id on “B.O.M.B.S.”
This is their third single ahead of the release of Hearts of Gold out March 12 on Pure Noise.
Remember how YOLO was a thing? Well, the North Carolina rock band Dollar Signs are adding another quirky acronym to our lexicon with “B.O.M.B.S.,” which stands for “Back on My Bullshit.” Their latest single catalogues bad habits and how hard they can be to break no matter how silly they might seem. For Dollar Signs, their bullshit includes talk of ruining an alcohol-free game night, sorting out whether their therapist thinks they’re funny during sessions, and calling off work to play videos games. At first, “B.O.M.B.S.” seems like a frivolous punk song that addresses indulging our dumbest urges; the ambush of distortion with a sprinkle of brass horns conjuring the energy of chugging seven Monster energy drinks.
However, as “B.O.M.B.S.” thrashes along, its spunky irreverence turns self-deprecating. “Why am I not more wise, I’ve made every kind of mistake / Should know better this time,” shouts Erik Button. Dollar Signs are earnest, using humor as shield against harsh realizations.
“’B.O.M.B.S.’ feels like that point in trying to better yourself where you start to identify and accept the things you that can change, as well as the things that you can’t,” Button shares. “It takes us back to our folk-punk roots, which is a genre that we’ve always hovered around as a band; it was nice to lean into that a bit more than we have in the past as a five-piece band.”
Listen below and pre-order Hearts of Gold out March 12.