Recently I saw Airborne Toxic Event on Letterman doing their new single “Changing” and it reminded me to go download some of their stuff.
I absolutely love SAM. I listened to it repeatedly today and it is just brilliant: it’s a story song which is so beautifully written and evocative – the protagonist’s encounter with a lost love in a bar and his clearly aching heart are etched in every line. I love that I can actually see this scene unfold throughout the song.
It also builds – each verse in which he sings about his first sighting of her, her coming to speak to him, her leaving with another man – the song gets louder and more intense. You feel the pain and frustration mounting along with the music. There’s also no chorus to it which I actually love. I think a chorus would interrupt the flow of the images that it is building upon and without it it really feels like you are literally watching the song happen.
I am seriously having a love affair with this! God knows I love me some Wounded Brooding Heartsick Boys being Broken by Lost Loves. Here are the lyrics (best guess since I can’t find “official” ones) and you can follow the band on Twitter here.
They’re touring but not anywhere near me 😦 And they will be at T in the Park Festival in Scotland this summer – goddamnit!! You know who else will be there?? Brandon Flowers AND White Lies AND Foo Fighters! (scurries off to check flights to Scotland in July)