Talkhouse Playlist: Embracing Adolescence with Hey Violet

A tribute to the songs that will always remind you of growing up.

Today, the members of L.A.-based alt-pop band Hey Violet put together a poppy, catchy, nostalgic playlist to remind you that fifth grade was wild. The band kicks off their headlining tour of the U.S. today in San Francisco, so make sure to check out all of their live dates here!
–Dave Lucas, Talkhouse Marketing Manager

Nothing but Thieves, “If I Get High”
I started obsessing over Nothing but Thieves last year. I found this song and watched the music video and it made me cry my eyes out. The lyrics and music go beautifully together and I think it’s something everyone can relate to. -Miranda

Gym Class Heroes, “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast in America”
The Gym Class Heroes always takes me back to my last year in elementary school (I know, what a weird time to be nostalgic about). They make me think of my best friends at the time and the memories we made that year! Fifth grade was wild. -Miranda

Hippo Campus, “Way It Goes”
This song takes me back to going to my friend’s house on Halloween at the age of seventeen, departing into the night alongside a bunch of my best buds with the intention of trick-or-treating well past the appropriate age. To me, it’s about embracing adolescence, knowing that what you’re doing in this fleeting phase is pointless and stupid but still satisfying and simply the way it’s supposed to be. -Iain

Those Dancing Days, “Fuckarias”
One of the hookiest songs ever. Scathing words of rejection over a brutal drum beat with a glitzy guitar hook driving the commotion and a soaring chorus elevated mainly by its infectious keyboard riff. Those Dancing Days was a short-lived treat from the late 2000s that I still miss. -Iain

MKTO, “Superstitious”
One of my best friends showed me “Superstitious” a couple of months ago. I definitely felt it had a special place waiting for it on my Spotify playlist. -Rena

The Growlers, “Beach Rats”
Many a night has been spent with my feet up on my wall and my head hanging off my bed, eyes closed and listening to this dark and lonely lyrical lament about life and friendships and the end of beautiful things. The first song I heard from Growlers was “Naked Kids.” I texted Casey the other night telling him how good it was and how it makes me cry (lol I am pathetic) and he suggested “Beach Rats.” I am in love. -Rena

Amber Run, “Hide and Seek”
I love this because it’s super vibey and eclectic. -Rena

Serge Gainsbourg, “L’anamour”
I heard this while I was watching a cooking show and liked it, so I found out what it was. -Casey

Beach Weather, “Chit Chat”
Beach Weather is a band that Casey introduced me to a while ago. Over the holidays, I listened to them nonstop. “Chit Chat” is a song from their album that really stuck out to me. It feels very straightforward and to the point. I like the way it makes me feel when I listen to it. -Nia

Maroon 5, “Daylight”
“Daylight” is a really great song to listen to while you’re driving down the PCH. I know it’s still winter, but I’ve gone to the beach more in the past two weeks than I did all of last year. I find myself always gravitating towards that song whenever I’m making a new playlist. -Nia