As per Bandcamp, this release actually came before “On Moving On”, even though I listened to and reviewed that one first. While I feel like time is relative to reviews, there can often be said something about how artists can only grow and get better as time goes on (At least they should) and thus in some ways, “On Moving On” should be a much better cassette than this because if not then why make it, right?
The thing with “Deep Thought” and then “On Moving On” is that they don’t really compare, but rather have that feeling where they are both just full of solid music. In a lot of ways, these two cassettes can bring to mind how I feel about the various albums released by Bayside over the years, and how they don’t necessarily compare but are all good.
The music here brings out a bit of The Stryder, but I can also hear some of I Kill Giants. You can tell on some level that this did come before “On Moving On”, as Bag of Bones seems to be still searching for their sound, but it is still a consistently good effort none the less. It also has those singing to your dashboard whilst driving type of lyrics that I love, particularly the line “You’re stuck in high school, I’m getting older”.
Many times, music can feel like a downer—Smashing Pumpkins comes to mind as a great example of music that can have an overall downer vibe to it and the lyrics only enforce that notion—but the music of Bag of Bones on “Deep Thought” seems to be slightly more positive than one would expect based upon the words being sung. In and of itself, and in the greatest possible way, this is upbeat music for pessimists and I love it.