Portland, Ore.-based And I Was Like, What? has selected an appropriate name as a band preoccupied with 20-something confusion. We Have Nothing is a tribute to the trials of the young and the aimless, whether it be awakening from a whiskey coma missing your pants, learning that your girlfriend has run off with a traveling banjo player or realizing that you've spent the last four years of your life working at a Dairy Queen.
What?'s indie pop sound serves as a solid thematic accompaniment. Breezy, bouncy guitar-driven songs are supported by welcomed jabs and yowls on violin. Instrumental tracks complement the seven-song collection and provide some of the most engaging material.
Clocking in at 26 minutes, the collection of songs is beefier than your average EP but a quick study for a full-length album. After some unremarkable openers, the album picks up speed with its first instrumental and ends strong with a seven-and-a-half minute opus that only feels slightly overweight. Ironically, the jewel of the album ultimately detracts from the overall experience; each element in the song "F#" fuses together into a something so catchy and effective that it leaves everything else in the dust.
And I Was Like, What? plays Higgins Hall Thursday, July 22, at 7:30 PM with Tyson Ballew, Have A Nice Coma and The Lion The Tamer. $5.