It’s an honor for PropertyOfZack to be hosting a Track-By-Track feature of Nightmare Of You and Nightmares For A Week’s Nightmares split that is coming out on Paper + Plastick Records on October 31st. Or you know, Halloween. Make sure you pre-order the split here, listen to new songs here, and check out the Track-By-Track below!
It’s Not Enough Until It’s Killing Me
Brandon speaking here. The song “It’s Not Enough Until It’s Killing Me” first started coming into creation while Joe was visiting my wife and I at her parents’ home in Italy during the week of this past New Year’s. We had our guitars out in the guest house, which overlooks my father-in-law’s modest vineyard, tucked away in the misty mountains of the quaint Vicenza countryside. We must have been two or three coffees deep by that point when Joe explained to me that he had a chord progression that he’d been working on back home in the States. It was quite simple, but great nonetheless. It gave me a feeling of The Field Mice and New Order. I quickly started humming over it for a little while, playing along with him, adding little inflections here and there. Once we were in a groove, Joe started coming up with a melodic guitar intro that hinted at some subtle dissonance. That was pretty much the birthing stage of the song. The lyrics came pretty soon afterwards when I got back to NYC. For me, it deals with the desires that come along with having to be human. There’s that insatiable, gaping, eternal Hole we are born with that many of us keep trying to fill with every external thing imaginable. We try anything and everything possible to feel full. Regrettably, we eventually come to realize (and hopefully accept) that we will never be satisfied, exteriorly. It’s never enough. To be human is to be imperfect and incomplete.
A Box Of Hops
The song “A Box Of Hops” was very much inspired by the infamous “Phil Spector drum beat.” It’s such a classic beat that has been used by a myriad of musicians throughout the years. “Just Like Honey” by The Jesus And Mary Chain instantly comes to mind when I think of how that beat has been used to perfection. We had the chord progressions for that song for a very long time, but it didn’t really start speaking to me fully until joe and I began experimenting with the synth strings that you hear in the intro of the song. It reopened the song for me at that point. It became a song that was written in a major key that now had something so bitter-sweet and delicate carrying it. Lyrically, it leans towards some of my past struggles with depression and anxiety; That sense of paradoxical self-centered, worthlessness that unfortunately many of us are no strangers to. Sometimes it feels like we are responsible for that Weight and that we even sometimes welcome it. That is a very bitter pill to swallow and doubly as painful to accept, but can be very true in many regards. Alas, many problems I’ve experienced in my life were quite self-inflicted.
Although this song takes on a new sound for us (and is by far the shortest song we’ve written) we believe it’s gets right to the point .2011 was a year of ups and downs for NFAW. Unfortunately it seems the downs took the prize, between getting robbed, label collapse and a near band implosion we were at wits end. Fortunately we embraced that P.M.A. and put our frustrations into song. Lyrically it is both literal and metaphorical, referencing be “stuck out in the freezing rain” and “withstanding a passing storm” are references to our first EP “A Flood Tomorrow” and the Mantra of our first full length “Don’t Die”. This is also the first song all 3 band members sang on.
This song was inspired by my first time experiencing a panic attack in my younger years. I thought I was going to die along with everyone else around me. The overall feeling of being uncomfortable in your own skin and being in a constant state of panic is a reality I dealt with. Although this song directly takes on the fear of death (Mr. Grimm being the Grim Reaper) it also breaks down what is known as “ participatory anxiety” or fear of not being able to control one’s future and having your mind race to thoughts of catastrophic events. This was never meant to be a PSA, but the reality is many people share these thoughts and there is help out there. Thankfully I got help. Music can be great therapy.
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