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Beliefs & Prayers is a fanfare about people pretending to be nice when actually they are not. It’s rambunctious and intense and if it were a cheese it would be roquefort.
I wrote Salt Eyes because I used to think I needed alcohol to be okay when it was in fact one of the things that was making me not okay. The opening chords make me feel like I’m 20 years old arriving at a party and realising that I am not drunk enough to endure it.
Needle is a real rambly song singing about the phenomenon of everybody telling everybody else what to do on the internet because we’re all experts and we all know best. But then we are so SAD and ANXIOUS so what’s that all about? When we recorded drums for this we experimented by hanging one of the drum microphones off a ceiling light in our house, and it ended up sounding pretty good.
Real Thing is the lifelong quest for meaning. The quiet, persistent voice in the stillness that constantly checks to see if you truly think you’ve found the thing you’re looking for. We tracked this one pretty quickly at home. The combo of crunchy guitars against a saucy groove in this song really does it for me.
Call Me Snowflake is slightly unhinged but manages to keep itself together. It’s the most rough, punky moment on New Songs for Old Problems. But it’s also quite sensitive which is really brought out the in the long coda jam. We ran the guitars through an old cassette tape recorder for this one to give them a kind of buzzy distortion.
It is sometimes hard to go on, and that is what Big Softy is all about. The accordion helps wheeze out the emotion in the chorus. Sometimes we just need an acknowledgement that life is hard, it has been since the beginning of time. This song ends with a fade out, which everyone always says is a cop-out but it’s actually an amazing way to end a song. Seriously, try it sometime.
- Hannah Joy, Middle Kids