T’is the season of giving so here’s the new Verse Metrics EP 24 hours early. Listen to ‘We’ll Be Listening and Remembering Until We’re Old and Unsteady’ below.
Twinkly but packing a punch, ‘We’ll Be Listening… is four tracks of vacation and surrender. We got the band to take us track by track through the release and they got their friends to draw a picture for each song. Check it all out.
1. ‘This Is Your Captain Speaking’
Original working title: ‘Knock It Out The Park’.
Design by Hazel Hyndman
“This working title came about when Martin (drums) had asked on a group chat if we had one or two practices left to get this song ready to play it live for the first time. I said we had one practice left, to which he replied that we better “knock it out the park tonight, then”, and it has been called that for the past two years until we finally named it properly! We decided on the title ‘This Is Your Captain Speaking’ as the lyrics are like an announcement of internal realisations and definitive statements. The lyrics reflect the pull between looking back to younger, freer and less complicated times with less responsibilities, while also being aware of the benefits of being older, wiser and more able to cope with the challenges of life.”
Original working title: ‘What’s Your Vector, Victor?
Drawing by Orla Farrell
“This working title came about as I was writing parts of this song while watching the movie ‘Airplane!’ in the background. I love the whole cockpit scene (copied below), and as I had no vocals at this point this working title stuck. When we were finalising the vocals Al (guitar) suggested instead of singing “intertwined with your invective” twice I should sing “intertwined and fused in vectors” the second time as a nod to the working title.
“We decided on the title ‘Interlocator’ as this song is about discovering things about yourself by being challenged in new ways, by being really forced into dealing with something and surprising yourself by how you reacted. This song is essentially about arguments, disputes or disagreements with those that we care for, and this is reflected with the heavy mid section “Well I hurt, like everybody else hurts”. This is followed by the mellower, calming outro, where all the anger and hurt melts away, and this is the most important part of the song for me.
“I saw a film recently where a character was asked how he could forgive people after they mistreated him, and he replied that to hold a grudge you need to do it all day, every day, but to forgive people you only have to do it once. I couldn’t think of anyone better to draw something for this song than my wee 2 year old niece Orla – who better to remind me life is too short to hold a grudge. I think she nailed it.”
Roger Murdock: Flight 2-0-9’er, you are cleared for take-off.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: L.A. departure frequency, 123 point 9’er.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Victor Basta: Request vector, over.
Captain Oveur: What?
Tower voice: Flight 2-0-9’er cleared for vector 324.
Roger Murdock: We have clearance, Clarence.
Captain Oveur: Roger, Roger. What’s our vector, Victor?
Tower voice: Tower’s radio clearance, over!
Captain Oveur: That’s Clarence Oveur. Over.
3. Unicorns/Show Ponies
Original working title: ‘Cuz I’m A Baller’.
Pencil drawing by Lynsey Guidi
“My wife Carrie and I are NFL fans, and I was playing parts of this song when my wife showed me a video where Rob Gronkowski (NFL player) was being interviewed. He was asked a fairly long question about why the media was so interested in his private life, and he just replied “Cuz I’m a baller”, which we found pretty funny and it stuck as the working title.
“Initially the EP title was going to be “Unicorns/Show Ponies”, and that also came about from an NFL quote. Ageing quarterback Tom Brady had been hung out to dry by the media – they were saying he was past his prime and there were all these young guns waiting to take his place. Then when Brady won a game for his team in the final seconds a radio commentator briefly lost his mind and started shouting many random but generally supportive phrases for Brady, one of which was “Unicorns, show ponies, where’s the beef?”. The Unicorn in this statement is Tom Brady and the show ponies are the young pretenders, I have no idea where the beef is or why that’s important! And for me being in a band, and sometimes life in general, is reflected by this analogy – sometimes you feel like the unicorn, sometimes you feel like the show pony (and occasionally looking for beef). The final EP title encapsulates my overall feelings on these songs and this stage of my life, hence the reason for the change, but we still wanted to use the phrase somewhere, and this song was perfect for it.”
4. My Name Is Dr Hildegarde Lanstrom And I Am Quite, Quite Mad
Original Working Title: ‘Hildegarde’.
Drawing by Kevin O’Hagan
“TV is a theme with our working titles, although slightly different this time! We had been talking about Red Dwarf at a practice, and the next week we were writing this song and Al had loaded Dr Hildegard’s voice onto his looper and played it over the song as we were writing it. It sounded great, so we decided to keep it. Hildegarde’s voice was actually on the final cut until someone pointed out we would need copyright clearance! We tried to get clearance but unfortunately couldn’t, so we had to have the sample edited out, but we kept the full words of the sample as the song title.
“I’m still a big Red Dwarf fan. It’s one of those shows that has a real nostalgia factor for me when I watch it, and as one of the main themes of the EP is fading youth and dealing with the feelings associated with that, I feel this song title is a real personal stamp in some way. It’s like a very prominent reminder for me that I’m never too old to do anything or like anything that makes me happy.”