Behind the Hoots: March

Milk & Bone (Photo by LePigeon)
Milk & Bone (Photo by LePigeon)

“Let’s All Stay In Tonight” – Blimp Rock (Lyrics by Peter Demakos and Owen Nowlan) 

Toronto town on a Saturday night, you tell me there’s this cool show. I see there’s more than two bands on the bill so I don’t think, I don’t think I’m gonna go cause I wish it started at 7 and we could get to bed by 11. 

For those who know me, it’s obvious why the above lyric is my favourite from this month. Exactly as Peter Demakos sings, my ideal concert is an “early” show when the band starts at 7 and I’m home and in bed by 11. Adding more charm to the song is Demakos’ deadpan delivery of the line – bedtime is serious business. With its fun video that combines tea, dancing, and games (I love all of those things!), Blimp Rock have won my heart and they’ll win yours too.

Blimp Rock’s Sophomore Slump will be released April 7th.

Laura Stanley 

“Emeline” – Scott Royle (Lyrics by Scott Royle)

Emeline won’t wash her hands, they were cleaned in holy oil sands. But they can’t hear her whispered psalms, just feel her dirty, filthy palms.

Scott Royle’s Sweat Shop Crop Top is full of fuzzy, Sackville-y pop-rock to groove along to, but underneath those guitars you might be missing some very insightful lyrics. The above sample has so many layers it feels like a new one is discovered every time you read it. At the highest level, there’s two big ideas running through the two couplets: the idea of filth and that of religion. But then they splinter off. “Dirty, filthy palms” could mean physical dirt, or it could mean the titular Emeline is morally dirty.

The “holy oil sands” line is chock-full of meaning—besides the obvious juxtaposition of cleaning with oil sands, it’s also a politically-charged statement about Canada’s priorities, basically equating them with holy water. Dig into all of Scott Royle’s songs and you’ll see equally thoughtful lyrics that make you rethink things.

Michael Thomas

“Pressure” – Milk & Bone (Lyrics by Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin)

Bitter with hunger, pulse locked with mine. Better and deeper, into your mind.

Milk & Bone’s stellar album Little Mourning touches on tales of forbidden love and there’s no better song that illustrates this ideas as the catchy single “Pressure”. While the chorus compares water pressure to the chilling goosebumps that is love, it’s this particular line that is my favourite: “Bitter with hunger / Pulse locked with mine / Better and deeper / Into your mind.” It continues to pull on the metaphors of water as the singer drowns deeper in love. The album itself is racked with these allusions right from the opener “Elephant” which isn’t talking about an animal, but the unspoken illicitness of the love between two people.

Tiana Feng

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