… I go through periods of re-obsessing over certain bands and while I was writing “Blind In One Eye” I was really submersed in listening to and thinking about Laughing Hyenas, who are one of the most underrated bands of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Their guitarist, Larissa Strickland, died in 2006, apparently of an accidental overdose, and I was spending some time reading about her and re-reading tributes to her written after her death. Around this time, one of our music friends from Louisville, Tony Bailey, died from an overdose and that heavy thought of wonderful people losing their lives to either addiction or to the demons that haunt them started to find its way into the lyrics. I generally tend to drift to darker places when writing the words for our songs, all these things start to sift through and eventually the song emerges. I can’t say there’s a specific storyline, I think the songs’ meanings can adapt and change for me just as they can for the listener. That’s actually one of my favorite things about lyrics, is how the meaning can end up as something completely different than how it started. For now, “Blind In One Eye” seems to be about the allure of those desires that inhabit the darker corners of the our psyche, how some of us can turn away from them, but others find the enticement too strong – Ryan Patterson of Coliseum (via)
I like songs about drifters, books about the same They both seem to make me feel a little less insane Walked on off to another spot I still haven’t gotten anywhere that I want Did I want love? Did I need to know? Why does it always feel like I’m caught in an undertow?
Thanks to the Josh Ritter Modest Mouse cover that Chelsea posted this morning, I have been wanting to listen to Modest Mouse all day. I forgot how much I like this song.