We wrote a country song.
I read somewhere that all artistic expression can be reduced to two categories: self-escape and self-confrontation. It should be no surprise to anyone familiar with our music that the overwhelming majority of our songs reside under the gloomy umbrella of self-confrontation.
In my experience, musicians that write through the lens of self-confrontation tend to look down on musicians who embrace the escapism found in pop music, and the self-affirmation particularly found in country music. Perhaps it is the unabashed overuse of cultural cliches like dirt roads, cold beers, Friday nights, and Jesus Christ. But country artists know their audience, and they always deliver exactly what their audience is looking for.
Somewhere around the time we were tirelessly crafting our 1,000th depressing poem about shattered hearts, failed ambitions, and the absurdity of the human condition, I asked myself why everything needs to be such a drag all the time.
Why can’t we write a song that is just…fun?
Something people can sing along to without scrutinizing the lyrical content or hoping for a catharsis explosion…
Just a summertime anthem that you can blast with the windows down…
And so we decided to write a pop country song. I spent an enormous amount of time dissecting the tones and mechanics of songs by various artists, trying to find the one we could use as our dynamic model. I ultimately arrived at the Rascal Flatt’s “Banjo” which, at least to my untrained ear, seemed to capture all of the pieces we were looking for.
In all honesty I can say that we have never worked harder on a song throughout the studio process. We spent an enormous amount of time desperately trying to navigate unfamiliar territory, and often felt that failure was the only possible outcome of such an absurd creative reach.
We survived, however. And, perhaps, succeeded. We aren’t quite sure, but one thing I am certain of is that this is the best we could possibly do at trying to execute the genre.
Judge for yourself. And if you feel so inclined, please tell us what you think. Without further ado, we present:
“This Heart Won’t Wait Around”