Hey party people, Goodbye, Labrador (the Brooklyn-based indie punk band that got especial mention in our IHL Music Round-up last Friday) is releasing their refulgent, glimmering track, “Memoir,” as a free download here. It’s also embedded below for your ease of comfort (noise cancellation headphones recommended. You know you own a pair).
Get it while its hot!
Damn, I especially love that outro starting at 3:52. I dare you to disagree!
Look for the official release of their EP, A Thousand Times Before, out August 6th. Of course, in this Brave New (Digital) World, impatience is not only expected, but rewarded. It’s currently available in digital form via iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. If you’re more of a “streamer,” look for it on Spotify.
“Memoir” is quite the cosmopolite, when one considers its development. According to Labrador’s guitarist/vocalist/percussionist Phil Gold:
“Memoir is a song that really changed and developed throughout the writing process, more than many of the others. The theme was first written in Brooklyn but it didn’t start taking shape until later in Barcelona where we started getting a feel for the rhythms and drones. We finished the music in Lisbon while rehearsing for a tour and pushed it through a few different moods and styles; originally, it had a much louder, more angsty chorus. The actual result is a bit darker, somber and beautiful.
The lyrics were written in a small courtyard out back, in what used to be old stables where I spent two days writing relentlessly – these days were among the richest and most fulfilling in my entire life. I focused on telling this story, essentially of a young man discovering the letters of his late grandfather and finding a connection to the past and a deeper understanding of an identity, that carries through generations. Structurally, each part of the song represents a different perspective and timeframe. This wasn’t consciously planned-out in the writing process as much as what grew out of pages.”
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Via Ellie Clarke of Prescription PR