Like a cleaned up version of surf rock, Public releases their latest single "Perfect". Sounding like a band opening for 311, the simple lyrics and beach club riffs make this song ideal for freshman move in day or perhaps the playlist in your favorite chain burrito restaurant. It comes off as a “feel good jam” with a cleaned reggae theme begging you to turn up the bass on that new stereo your parents bought you.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, this song actually does have an admirable message: Paying tribute to the problems of low self-esteem in a woman’s image. Singer John Vaughn croons to his girlfriend(s) that they’re perfect to him, no matter what, just the way they, no matter the shape and size. Its a tribute done a bit generically, but nevertheless goes against the beauty standards we accept via the Kardashian-esque Instagram pages.
When listening to a theme that’s been beaten into submission over the past few years, you cant help but roll your eyes at his breathy voice as he assures her she doesn’t have to worry about looking perfect because (Yup, you guessed it!) she’s already perfect to him. Just because they incorporate a popular theme doesn’t make them memorable. The track is worth a listen, and the quaffed-haired trio may eventually find originality, but don’t expect to hear from this band anytime soon.
This song is one of three singles they will release before debuting their winter LP.