It’s always fun to wonder if the kids of today care about the same shit that you did growing up, or, better yet, if they even know of the shit you liked. Some artists have been able to traverse decades, adapting to the times where others remain attached to a singular moment. I don’t think of Paramore and Fall Out Boy as falling into the latter category—they’ve had hits in both the Aughts and 2010s, with Fall Out Boy especially notching some of their biggest more than 10 years after their debut. This is all to say that Paramore and Fall Out Boy, who in a couple weeks will have both released albums in the past year, are classic rock. Emo kids, take note.
Gaten Matarazzo, the Stranger Things child you’d probably recognize the most easily, also plays in a band in his spare time (like many of his castmates). At a recent show in New Jersey, they pulled out the hits—of bands who really got rolling when Matarazzo was somewhere between the age of 3 and 5. He sang backing vocals on some easygoing covers of Paramore’s “Misery Business” and Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar We’re Going Down.” It’s a testament to their staying power, and a glimpse of what classic rock radio might look like if it’s still a thing in, say, 10 years.
It also means Matarazzo could and absolutely should school Star Wars’ star Adam Driver on emo, because he would very much like to learn about the beloved genre.
All said, it seems like a fun way for Matarazzo to blow off some steam between Corden appearances. You can check out videos of both performances below, via the Fader.