Sainthood Reps just released their debut album, Monoculture, and we’re big fans of it here at PropertyOfZack. To help promote the release, we asked Francesco Montesanto and Derrick Sherman from the band to write-up a Track-By-Track guide explaining the meaning behind each of the songs on the album. Listen to the record, check out the explanations, and enjoy!
Monoculture - This song musically was inspired by two bands. Mind Over Matter (an amazing long island band) and Jesus Lizard. If I had hit a road block while writing it, I would ask myself “What would Jesus(Lizard) Do ? ” Then I would ask Cesco, “can you make it sound more Mind Over Matter ? ” This is the only song on the record where the vocal isn’t doubled. It’s a single vocal all the way through,even in the chorus. I love the vocal distortion Sapone created for this song, it gives the performance a lot of character. - DS
DINGUS - “Driving along route 27A on Long Island somewhere between Lindenhurst and Babylon, there’s a statue of Robert Moses holding a scrolled set of blue prints with a stern look on his face even more cold and barren than the stone from which he was sculpted. He also has two monuments at the ends of the Robert Moses Causeway and Wantagh State Parkway, respectively. Robert Caro, a Moses biographer, facetiously referred to him as ‘The Power Broker.’ I think he’s a dingus.” - FM
Telemarketeer - “The original version of this song was slow, drony, and hopeless, very similar to the B-Side version opposite the ‘Monoculture’ seven-inch. For the record, we wanted this song to sound like a combination of Sonic Youth, Mew, and older My Bloody Valentine. Shoegazey. A lot of our songs have a mid-tempo, half-time feel and we wanted a song that was upbeat. Naturally, a song about carrying on mundane, low-skill jobs to support yourself seemed the best fit.” - FM
Animal Glue - Animal Glue is a really raw love song. In this song I sing an alternate line in the chorus which is where the name of the song came from. ” Untrusted you, what did you do, where did you stay ? I’m Animal Glue, I’ll stick with you.”
To me, it’s about how a relationship can smother you. Even though your partners intentions are good, there is something almost repulsive at times about just how good this person is treating you. Especially when you aren’t sure, if you are giving them everything they need, or doing all you can for the relationship.
I think there comes a point in every long term relationship where you hit a wall, and you have to take a good look at your partner. After the “love goggles” come off, there is a time of evaluation where you and your partner assess if the relationship should continue to move forward. I think this song is about living in that time. Where you are doubting yourself, and not feeling confident in your choices and perhaps realizing more importantly, that maybe your partner isn’t exactly happy either. - DS
Hunter - “A lot of folks have been referring to this track as the ballad of the record. This song is about occupation and imperialism. I don’t think that’s very romantic.” - FM
No/Survival - This is the only song on the record that I wrote all the lyrics for. The song is actually two songs in one. A style of writing inspired by Paul McCartney’s ” Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey. The first half of the song is about a close friend of mine, to whom I miss dearly. I love him, but always questioned his love interests. “Dog will eat anything” Is a line that was intended to poke fun at him, and perhaps slightly diss his girlfriend. Yet, an earlier line ” bird can’t fly,broken ring” is a line of empathy for her. I felt, and still feel compassion for the hardships she had to endure while dating my friend and the events that took place afterwards.
The second half of the song is more directed towards myself then my friend. It’s a song about fidelity and also about becoming an adult. Growing up is all about making unselfish choices and doing the right thing. For some, it’s a harder task then it should be. I think this song is just me being aware of the choices I have made, the mistakes I have made, and the ones I continue to make. - DS
Hotfoot - “Sometimes, we’re fortunate enough to meet a person who just doesn’t understand the real world. I knew plenty of girls who were able to get by on their good looks and keen fashion sense. This is a song about one of them. In particular, it’s about what I imagine would happen to her after she realizes that nobody cares about her looks or how she dresses because everybody around her has grown up and moved onto better things. Eventually, she will lose her confidence, become reclusive and paranoid, so paranoid that she’s convinced even the snow and the sidewalk are somehow conspiring against her. She will be relegated to the end of the bar, preying on 25 year-old men on Saturday nights.” - FM
Holiday Makers - “I am a gigantic Brian Wilson fan. The most beautiful song I have ever heard is the demo version of the song ‘Surf’s Up.’ It wasn’t released in its entirety until nearly 30 years after it was recorded. If there is a chorus in the song, it’s the line ‘columnated ruins domino.’ I was so moved by those three words that I’ve been trying for years to encapsulate in a song what I felt when I first heard that lyric. This is one of those songs. The irony, of course, is that Van Dyke Parks, not Brian Wilson, wrote that lyric.” - FM
reactor, reactor, reactor, REACTOR! - “This is our attempt at being cute with the title. I forget what this particular type of puzzle is called, but they’re frequently found in brainteaser books. I hope somebody figures this out. I’m sure all four of us will be welcomed into MENSA with open arms after somebody unearths the song’s true meaning. What song are we talking about again? Oh, right. I think Toto said it best when they said, ‘Hold the line… love isn’t always on time.’ I guess that’s the message of this song.” - FM
Widow - “Throughout my early twenties, all I heard from my friends was how crappy Long Island was and how much better things will be once they move to Williamsburg, a hip/overpriced Brooklyn neighborhood. It was always the same conversation I was hearing about everyone trying to out-hipster each other by discovering newer, trendier, more unknown spots than your friend just did five minutes ago. It eventually reached the point where sheltered Long Island kids were moving into surrounding neighborhoods that they only knew by listening to Biggie lyrics because they realized that even Williamsburg wasn’t cool anymore. Anytime I would catch up with these people, it would always be about how where they lived (whether it was Long Island, Brooklyn, wherever) was getting old and how they’re just waiting on SOMETHING and then they were going to get out of where they were and move somewhere cooler. It was like everyone was blaming Long Island and Williamsburg for becoming stale instead of blaming themselves.” - FM
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