The Only Way Out is Through

8/14 ESCAPISM: ‘How Do You Feel?’

With the release of this album I’ve been trying to force myself to write some sort of short, concise band bio for reviews and such. As much as I talk, and write, these three paragraphs have been extremely tough.

We have to compartmentalize don’t we? There is just so much out there! We need to be able to easily fold things so they can fit inside of our glove compartments. How do you compartmentalize yourself? How do you fold it all into a neat square with smooth edges?

I didn’t want our songs to all be one feeling or tempo. I didn’t want it to be a ‘heavy’ album, or a ‘sad’ album, or an ‘experimental’ album, or…fill in the blanks. I wanted to be able to capture a time period with all of the strangeness and contradiction that entails.

Are you always sad? mystical? angry? love-sick? goofy? irritated? Me neither. I tend to float around all of these emotions and ‘feelings’ as the days go by. Right now I’m in a deep mood as I listen to ambient soundtrack music, but tell me a good fart joke and I’ll laugh and be out of it!

We’re all like this, albeit as individuals with different extremes, and different ‘nominal settings’. Then why is so much of our music one note? Why should I be always ‘THIS’ way, when that’s not who I am? I like a lot of different bands and artists who have different styles and traits, but I honestly can’t think of one where I go, ‘Yeah, that one there!’ Their is no musical genre or club I want to join. For me music is a means more than an end. I write when I feel something, and I try not to limit what ‘feelings’ I can cover.

That probably puts me in a club I don’t know about yet.haha

Somebody check Pitchfork!

I understand the necessity of it all. We’re bombarded with all of this stuff and the only way to organize it all is to be able to say ‘this covers THIS emotion’. Imagine Slayer making a ballad? Imagine Sade throwing down! Ridiculous you say? You don’t think Sade gets pissed? Ok, maybe the guys from Slayer, yeah maybe that’s for a reason. : )

I tend to just go for what a song makes me feel. To a degree, I don’t care what style. I don’t care if it’s a guitar or a synth or a violin. It depends on the day, and it depends what I’m focused on in the moment.

No, I’m not trying to make myself out to be some sort of revolutionary changing the face of music.

I mean, didn’t we make this album to be cohesive?

All of our songs certainly sound like us.

However, take three songs of ours, ‘Pitfall’, now listen to ‘Where We Go Next’, now listen to ‘Feel’. If any one of these was your first experience with our band you’d get a pretty different impression of who we are and what we do. Chasing Chaos? Now ‘Where the Start Begins!’

Truth is, we’re all these things. File us under those that are not easily compartmentalized, I guess. Who knows though, maybe I’m just in one of my ‘think about things too much’ moods and I’ll change my mind soon.

We’ll see how I ‘Feel’ about it tomorrow…

hmm wait, I still have to write that damn bio!

(irritably looks for Slayer’s ‘Reign in Blood’)

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4 responses

  1. Great post, Bill! I think it takes great disipline for a band to be able to set a tone or mood and stick it out throughout an album (yet be clever enough to work within those guidelines to be able to “stretch out” a bit). Beach Boys, Phoenix, Black Flag, Dan Deacon; all these bands are great and manage to keep within a certain “feeling” throughout.
    With that said, I too love not following that disipline and allowing my music to say whatever it would like to say on that particular day. Kudos to you guys for keeping the album cohesive yet being able to explore so many feelings.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm

  2. Emrys

    I thought you were referring to the album so it all made sense to me!!! And as I’ve said before… I am the king of mishearing a lyric. I’ve actually been stopped in the street by strangers and had that pointed out to me!

    September 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm

  3. wait a minute ,i was right! The song is ‘Raining Blood’ and the album is ‘Reign in Blood’…well truthfully I was referring to the song itself, so technically I was still wrong.

    Though not related, I had a friend who thought Jimi Hendrix yelled out ‘Excuse me while I kiss this guy!’ in Purple Haze.haha

    September 8, 2011 at 8:18 am

  4. haha i just realized I meant ‘Raining Blood’ not ‘Reign in Blood’. What can I say? For years I thought that’s what the song and album were called. I have to make sure not to write any posts about Michael Jackson lyrics, things could really messy…

    September 8, 2011 at 8:10 am

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