I Don't Wanna Grow Up is a desire a three year old of my acquaintance regularly comes out with, despite looking forward to reaching her fourth birthday. Warm Soda have also previously written a song called 'All Grown Up' so they seem similarly conflicted.
This is to be the band's final album, with leader Matthew Melton concentrating on new project Dream Machine in the future. A debut full-length from that outfit will be forthcoming on Castle Face later in the spring of 2017.
The contents of I Don't Wanna Grow Up have in at least one case been around for a while ('Tell Me In A Whisper' features on the I Need You Bad compilation put out by Polyvinyl Records back in 2013) so this could well be a clearing out of the musical closet to meet an obligation, rather than a fully fresh 11 new tracks and one oldie but that's an established practice so what's to limit it to the likes of U2?
Dusted down as other tracks may be they still punch their weight. 'Don't Leave Me For Another Guy' is a highlight of yearning lyrics allied with a dry undertone of wit and understanding that that leave taking will probably go ahead all the same. Straight after we're being pressed to 'Run Away With Me' - to avoid the other guy or do unto others as someone's done to you? Either way that initial air of confusion's not dispelled despite the great power pop on offer.
I Don't Wanna Grow Up heralds the death of a fine act in their field but with Melton carrying on it is not the end of the world and Warm Soda fans old & new can rest assured that the band are calling it a day on a high note.