While in his late teens and early 20s, singer/songwriter Tyler Verhagen took to the road, spending two years on the off-ramps and in the truck stops and 24 hour diners that are part of the hitchhiking life. Some of that included catching rides in semis, sleeping on benches, busking on the streets and whenever he would pass through Ohio, he would crash with then-future bandmates Jordan Finke, Tom Konitzer and Brett Gregory, who were all students at Ohio State.
Naturally, Verhagen’s experiences have played an instrumental role in his work — his life on the road was the basis for the material that appeared on Emily and the Complexes’ debut effort Styrofoam Plate Blues. And although a great deal of those experiences have influenced the band’s latest album Dirty Southern Love, the album’s material focuses more on the realties of early adulthood, revealing a deeper maturity in Verhagen’s writing.
“You Won’t,” the latest single from Dirty Southern Blues is a much more muscular song than the album’s first single “Jersey City Blues.” In fact, the track bears an uncanny sonic resemblance to Pavement and others, while describing a painfully awkward situation that revolves around a relationship that appears to be going nowhere despite the narrator’s desperate hopes for the relationship to turn into something.