The stars of Netflix's Stranger Things are multi-talented teens. Some have bands, some take photographs, and some made the jump to television after early childhood careers on Broadway. Once you watch Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo's band cover Fall Out Boy, Paramore, and Foo Fighters, you'll wonder if there's anything the cast of Stranger Things can't do.
While co-stars Finn Wolfhard and Joe Keery spend much of the off-season touring with their respective bands, Matarazzo has racked up a robust number of ads, both online and in print. His cheerful demeanor and precious grin could sell anything by themselves, which is why it's no surprise to stumble across this video of the actor jamming to some mid-'00s emo-pop jams. Prior to becoming a household name, Matarazzo made his mark on Broadway — he originated the role of Gavroche in the 2014 Les Miserables revival, among other projects. Is there anything this 15-year-old can't do?
On Dec. 29, Matarazzo joined the band Work In Progress for a show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Among their many incredible covers were "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" by Fall Out Boy and "Misery Business" by Paramore. You'll definitely want to ring in the New Year with these videos of Stranger Things' Dustin covering some emo faves.
Is anything more perfect, or more cognitive dissonance-inducing, than little Dustin Anderson in a a Star Wars and Jaws mash-up t-shirt rocking out to your high school jams? It's a lot to take in! In the best possible way. It's also extremely fun to picture the Stranger Things cast listening to music in their trailers. "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" is from Fall Out Boy album From Under The Cork Tree, which was released in 2005. That means the actor was three years old when the song first came out. Paramore released "Misery Business" in 2007. Ten years later, there's Matarazzo, rockstar-ing it up on a stage that launched Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.
Music publication AltPress first got ahold of the videos, which were posted to YouTube by user BeccaRaptor94. It appears that she's both in the band and Matarazzo's older sister. Extremely generous of her to share the stage, no? A full setlist isn't available, but it's confirmed — through these three videos — that the actor performed with Work in Progress for at least covers of Fall Out Boy, Paramore, and even "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters. Yes, the 1997 record that still makes you sob, no matter how many times you've heard it in the last two decades. Matarazzo's making everyone feel their feelings in 2018!
Right now, it's not clear whether the actor regularly performs with Work in Progress, or if his big sister was generous enough to invite him to join in on the fun. In case anyone feels like booing, which they should not — were you onstage at a famous bar at 15, singing karaoke faves and stealing the show? Probably not! If you were, though, then you have every right to be a tad jealous of Matarazzo's night. YouTube probably just wasn't big enough when you did it.
Shout-out to the cast of Stranger Things, who are living their best possible lives. Castmate Wolfhard met his current bandmates while guest-starring in a music video for Canadian punk band PUP, Millie Bobby Brown is about to break out in a major way, and Keery got to drink champagne and hang out with that dog. It's all just so inspirational to see these talented young actors from the super cool '80s sci-fi series living their best lives off-screen, outside of weird occurrences of Hawkins, Indiana.