Music Review – firekid – Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain by firekid is one of my favorite tunes right now and I’m excited to share it with you! There isn’t a huge amount on firekid out on the web although upon doing some research about him for this review I just discovered that he’s from here in Nashville! Pretty sweet. He has a show coming up on Feb. 18th at Mercy Lounge that I will definitely be at.

So how to I describe this tune… It’s a kick-ass cross over! It appears that firekid’s roots are in blue grass and who ever produced this did a great job of staying authentic to that while also making it a digestible alt-pop song. There’s cool “ear candy” in there such as distorted vocal samples that you’d find in something like a Justin Bieber song. The banjo still rocks out in the verses. My favorite is the chorus. It features big clap hits on the quarter notes which reminds me of trap music for some reason {laughs}. Over top of that is anthemic vocal melodies that will forever be stuck in your head! I love whoever produced this. So sick. It’s a perfect blend of the past and what’s to come. There’s also a lot of “chatter” about what the Magic Mountain is referring to… I’ll let you take a listen, check out the lyrics (below) and decide for yourself. To me it seems pretty obvious that it’s about a childhood memory at a theme park, but I’ve heard others say that they believe it’s a drug reference. Eh…

Enjoy!

 

Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
The story goes, from what I’ve heard
That those who go there don’t return
But I’ve come back a time or two
Cause I don’t have a thing to lose

[Pre-Chorus]
Mama, take me back again
Up to Magic Mountain
Mama, take me back again
Up to Magic Mountain

[Chorus]
There’s a roundabout just beyond the clouds
We’ll be rolling out, we won’t come back down
We’ll be screaming loud; you won’t hear a sound
We’ll be climbing higher now; we won’t come back down
Down

[Verse 2]
Tourists on their camera phones
Wandering around like ghosts
But we’re too busy cutting lines
To see what’s on the other side

[Pre-Chorus]
Mama, take me back again
Up to Magic Mountain
Mama, take me back again
Up to Magic Mountain

[Chorus]
There’s a roundabout just beyond the clouds
We’ll be rolling out, we won’t come back down
We’ll be screaming loud; you won’t hear a sound
We’ll be climbing higher now; we won’t come back down
Down

[Bridge]
Story goes, from what I’ve heard
Those who go there don’t return
But we’re like ships that sail above
Nothing’s ever high enough

[Chorus]
There’s a roundabout just beyond the clouds
We’ll be rolling out, we won’t come back down
We’ll be screaming loud; you won’t hear a sound
We’ll be climbing higher now; we won’t come back down
Down
Down
Down

Music Review – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B.

Man, I love this song! I recently got XM radio in my car and have found myself sticking to Alt-Nation an alternative/indie rock channel. Over the past months they’ve been pushing this song hard and it hasn’t got old. I was sold on the first listen. Nathaniel Rateliff isn’t new to the alt scene but from what I understand it appears that S.O.B. has put him and his band The Night Sweats on the map selling over 500K copies and charting #3 on US Alt charts.

The song is a humorous take on the dark subject of addiction. The verses sound like an old slave hymn driven by very little instrumentation but instead claps and vocal “ooos”. The verses are catchy yet desperate. You’re thinking that this guy really needs help! Then just like BAM! The chorus hits like a brick wall at 80 miles per hour. The tune bursts into this huge 1950’s sounding rock n’ roll chorus when the opening line, “Son of a bitch! Give me a drink!”. It’s a triumphant sounding defeat which adds that humorous element. The band is solid, Nathaniel’s voice is just fantastic, and the recording is authentic yet modern.

You will enjoy this tune!

Lyrics:

I’m gonna need someone to help me
I’m gonna need somebody’s hand
I’m gonna need someone to hold me down
I’m gonna need someone to care
I’m gonna writhe and shake my body
I’ll start pulling out my hair
I’m going to cover myself with the ashes of you
And nobody’s gonna give a damn

Son of a bitch, give me a drink
One more night escaping me
Son of a bitch
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away

Now for seventeen years I’ve been throwing them back
Seventeen more will bury me
Can somebody please just tie me down
Or somebody give me a goddamn drink

Son of a bitch, give me a drink
One more night
This can’t be me
Son of a bitch
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away
Hey, Yeah now

My heart was breaking, hands are shaking
Bugs are crawling all over me
My heart was breaking, hands are shaking
Bugs are crawling all over me
My heart was breaking, hands are shaking
Bugs are crawling all over me
My heart was aching, hands are shaking
Bugs are crawling all over me

Son of a bitch, give me a drink
One more night
This can’t be me
Son of a bitch
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away
Son of a bitch, give me a drink
One more night
This can’t be me
Son of a bitch
If I can’t get clean I’m gonna drink my life away
Yeah ah