AOTY 2018

Why Love Now

Pissed Jeans - Why Love Now
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2017 Ratings: #150 / 715
User Score
Based on 69 ratings
2017 Ratings: #281
February 24, 2017 / Release Date
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Sub Pop / Label
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Drowned in Sound
‘Why Love Now’ is the first in a potentially endless stream of politically charged punk rock records this year. However, it’s extremely hard to see any of them trumping this glorious, if uncomfortable, masterpiece.
The Line of Best Fit

If Why Love Now were a person, you'd cross the road for fear of passing them in the street. Presenting the sleazy and savage side of life with such momentum, Pissed Jeans lay waste to rationalisation and set standards straight.

The Skinny

This follow-up finds them operating at a similarly scintillating capacity, grinding down on the ugliness buried in the mundanity of modern life and crushing it into the wreckage of metal and post-punk.

Crack Magazine

There’s nothing orthodox about Why Love Now?‘s sound. But there’s something snidely familiar about its portrayal of modern life. It’s angry, it’s sad and it’s laughably relatable.

Loud and Quiet
Urbane and self-aware, ‘Why Love Now’ is a record that satirises both alpha and beta male masculinities by exploring tensions between the two.

If you've heard any other Pissed Jeans album then you know what you're in for sonically. The music matches the lyrics blow for blow. The band produce that familiar cesspit of thick masculine riffage and uncompromising grit.

The Guardian
If these berserk times demand similar music, then Pissed Jeans are the go-to combo.
There’s a united sense of purpose on ‘Why Love Now’ that is evident from each member of the band.
God Is in the TV

Why Love Now is a 37 minute horror show which reveals just how terminal their nation has become and their frustration isn’t just palpable, it’s intoxicating and addictive.

Their music has never gone down easier, but their commentary has never hit so uncomfortably hard.
Northern Transmissions

It’s that desperate brutality mashed in with a noisy backline that makes Why Love Now feel like hard rock that’s rotting from the inside out.

Under The Radar

The music is still raw, sludgy, and what Robert Christgau would've called "pigfuck" back in the '80s to describe some of their influences. However, they do change things up a bit.


As a whole, this is a typically unpredictable and manic album. Musically, it couldn’t be accused of being subtle, but it does show a band pushing themselves to see where they can take their sound.


It's grim stuff, but it's shot through with just enough dark humor and nervy, pit-worthy energy to propel a proper madcap night out; just don't expect to wake up the next morning.


Why Love Now shows Pissed Jeans' songwriting reaching new peaks of awareness and focus, all the while remaining true to their brand of dissonant punk.

The Needle Drop

A funny and noisy commentary on love in the present-day.

This album starts out with a shrill scream, and that gives a basic summary of what you’re in for listening to this album. It hits hard, even at its slowest moments, commenting on the male psych, yet is likely the outfits most technically sound album yet. The track I’m A Man paints the perfect image of attempting to be the alpha male and imposing yourself on a women in the slimiest way possible. If you can handle the mess this album is, you can appreciate the cleanness it arrives at ... read more
first half is quite mediocre with 2 fillers (1,6), but the second one oh my oh my, raw as fck! 6-12 10/10. noise rock at its best.
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#24/Louder Than War


#36/SPIN (First Half)

Track List

  1. Waiting On My Horrible Warning
  2. The Bar Is Low
  3. Ignorecam
  4. Cold Whip Cream
  5. Love Without Emotion
  6. I'm a Man
  7. (Won't Tell You) My Sign
  8. It's Your Knees
  9. Worldwide Marine Asset Financial Analyst
  10. Have You Ever Been Furniture
  11. Activia
  12. Not Even Married
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Added on: November 15, 2016