Tenuously beloved punk and EMMY-nominated Craig of the Creek songwriter Jeff Rosenstock is back today with ‘LIKED U BETTER,’ his first new single since 2020’s critically acclaimed ‘NO DREAM’ (unless you count 2021’s ‘SKA DREAM’, his ska re-interpretation of the album, or quarantine collection ‘2020 DUMP’, both of which absolutely ruled). To celebrate the new track, Rosenstock has decided it’s time to announce a big ol’ Fall and Winter tour of North America. Tickets will be available HERE. Spotify presale starts tomorrow at 12 pm ET, artist presale starts Wednesday at 10 am locally, and general onsale starts Thursday at 10 am locally.
‘LIKED U BETTER’ was recorded in the summer of 2022, in Los Angeles during a break in the band’s rigorous touring schedule and Rosenstock’s daily gig as a composer for Craig of the Creek. The band tracked at EastWest Studios (The Bodyguard Soundtrack, Californication) with longtime collaborator and Grammy nominee Jack Shirley (Shit Coffins, Jeff Rosenstock). The video was filmed by Ryan Baxley and Mind Palace about a month ago.
“You know, the least we deserve in trying times like this is great punk music. Punk music that stands for something. This next guy is one of my favorites. He’s angry, urgent and prescient, and while I’m super bummed that he and his band is not here live tonight, at least we won’t have to pay for a studio roof that they surely would have ripped off.” – Seth Meyers
“Like a stealthy D.I.Y. superhero, Jeff Rosenstock has a way of suddenly appearing when he’s most direly needed.” – The New York Times
“New York’s most anxious punk delivers hook after hook on an album that deals with evergreen sociopolitical concerns yet sounds like it could’ve been written 30 minutes ago.” – Pitchfork (8.0)
“[Jeff Rosenstock] is not one to languish, only to enlighten, abetted by his sharp, cynical wit, not to mention a clear ear for catchy hooks. Factor in the full-bodied production and stylistic switch-ups, and you’ve got yourself a contender for one of the best pop-punk releases in recent memory.” – Bandcamp Daily
“When NO DREAM dropped without warning, it worked as a forceful reassurance. Even if none of us know how to process this shit, we are not alone” – Stereogum (#14 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2020 So Far)