Some music seem to have qualities most people just don’t notice, say, brevity or maybe proximity. As a service to you our reader, we are here to point out some such…

Art by: Mike L. Mayfield,



I have honest to god never tried shotgunning a beer before. For me, this was just a thing I have heard about and possibly seen on the telly once or twice. I got into the whole Straight Edge thing as a teenager and it stuck with me throughout most of my young adulthood. Needless to say, I just didn’t join in that many drinking games as a kid. As an adult, they are few and far between, to say the least.

I had to do some reading up …well youtubing up to be more precise.


I thought I’d just dive in at the deep end of the pool with this challenge so I guesstimated from my research that it should be a quick ordeal even with my extreme noob-hood in the area. We have done challenges about short tunes before but this would be kind of extreme. There was ever only really one choice I think. Had to be Otoboke Beaver’s stand out track Mean from 2017. It clocks in at 19 seconds according to Bandcamp as well as Spotify so I guess that’s about accurate. It had to be a bit challenging after all.

Running time aside this track is amazing. We named it 3rd best tune of the year back in 2017. What I didn’t realize back then but so clearly see now is that this tune surely must have been made for shotgunning a beer to. Don’t just take my word for it. Judge for yourself.

I rigged my camera and with Mean blasting in the background, on film, for your enjoyment, I just gave it my best. So without further ado here is the clip of my first ever shotgunning a beer.

Oh! and yeah… it’s a non-alcoholic beer. I still stick to some of my old habits.


I’m not entirely sure that I’ve shotgunned a beer on purpose before. It might have happened that a beer can by accident sprung open and that I needed to “save” it from being wasted. Things happen when you drink beer so I can’t say for sure.


So I immediately thought of Snowings’ So I Shotgunned a Beer and Went to Bed‘ and maybe Dogleg also had that tune in the back of their heads when they gave us the challenge. The problem with ‘So I Shotgunned a Beer and Went to Bed‘ isn’t that it’s not a good song – it is.  The problem is that it’s from an album that houses one of my favourite emo tunes ever. So by proximity to ‘So I Shotgunned a Beer and Went to Bed‘ I’m picking ‘Could Be Better Forever‘. It has all the elements of a great emo gem, that screaming emotional lyrics, the proto math-ish drum frenzy, the clean guitar riffs and above all a great melody!

Just like I almost like metalcore by proximity to Viktor this tune is chosen simply because it’s so close to a tune that would be a perfect match for the challenge (but really mostly because it’s awesome). That being said, It’s a great tune to shotgun your lager to. I’m about to try it out, wish me luck!

…and for our next task, we will find a tune that…

…celebrates another artist.

We are not the only ones that like to celebrate Artists. Some tunes are just brilliant musical or lyrical homages to other artists.

see you in 14 days!