New Noise Magazine is pleased to bring forth the new single “Beer and Nyquil (Hold It Together” from Spanish Love Songs. The song has an incredibly interesting story behind it, and can be found on the upcoming release, Schmaltz, out March 30th via A-F Records.
“We’re thrilled to be releasing “Beer & NyQuil,” which is probably the closest thing to a positive song that we’ve ever written. The song is really a microcosm of my outlook by the end of Schmaltz – it’s about feeling lost, but wanting to get my shit together to forge ahead regardless, since my negativity is a real drag on others.
I try to joke about it now, saying it’s a mission statement of sorts for us, but this song hits me hard because its current iteration, and really the final album we’re releasing, almost didn’t happen.
We were in Europe on tour during the election in 2016. We had just started pre-production on the album, and while we weren’t necessarily lukewarm on it, we definitely weren’t pushing as hard as we could. We had the demos on our phones, and I listened to them for most of the tour trying to figure out lyrics for parts I had been mumbling (which is how I write a lot of songs). This song was written, but about half the lyrics (the positive half), were still just vague vowel sounds, including the chorus.
Per usual, I was missing the big picture and pretty down on everything (despite, you know, being halfway across the world with my band). Back home, people were just hurting, and here I was, an unemployed 28-year-old who had lost his voice dicking around with his band at a basement show for three people (two were the promoter’s parents). I had wasted the majority of that tour doing the math in my head. I’d probably finish the next batch of songs and release them, but this band wasn’t going to be a full-time thing. The EU tour was a bucket list item; something I had to do before I could call it off.
And I was ready to call it off. It was making me miserable with worry. I was too old to be trying to get a band off the ground. I played a genre of music that not enough people liked. I wrote songs that just weren’t that interesting. So in my head, this was it. My time had passed. I was convinced the band should just end, because it was an increasingly selfish way to waste time.
We pulled into a town that doesn’t even pop up when you search it on Google maps, and loaded into a venue that was an attic in an old Swiss house. Trump’s victory had been announced that morning, and everyone was on edge. It felt like it could be our last show (even though we had three more). I almost backed over Kyle in the van (he ran behind me) and had an embarrassing outburst where I screamed at him in front of a dozen or so people. Pretty much my low point with this band.
And then, for reasons I don’t deserve, I was swallowed up into the greatest show I’ll ever have the privilege of playing. The kids in this town showed up and packed out that house. They hugged me and said sorry. They somehow sang along. They made it seem like they would tear the house down. And they made me feel like some part of it mattered.
I slept on the beer soaked floor of the attic that night, feeling 100% content, and 100% like an asshole.
The shows after that night were fine, but it’s that one that sent me (and I think the entire band) home with a renewed sense of vigor. We tracked vocals for Beer & NyQuil a month or two later with lyrics I had scribbled down sometime after the tour. And in the studio that day, to cap off the new outlook, we came up with what’s become my motto for the band: “Keep pissing in the wind.”
I’m constantly lost and on the verge of burning this whole thing down, but that show (and every one since) was a good reminder that no one really cares about my bs. No one cares if I’m old, or not playing “cool” music, or if I feel like I’m worried about anything at all. This is supposed to be fun.
So hopefully everyone forgives me for the all the times I’ve been an asshole, and maybe they’ll enjoy the almost positive song that came from me feeling guilty about it!”
Tour Dates (Flyer attached):
04/11 – Las Vegas, NV – Evel Pie
04/12 – Denver, CO – Streets Of London
04/13 – Kansas City, MO – The Rino
04/14 – Chicago, IL – Downstairs (At Sub-T)
04/15 – Kalamazoo, MI – Shakespeare’s Pub
04/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
04/18 – Toronto, ON – Baby G
04/19 – Montreal, QC – L’esco
04/20 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
04/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Cellar Lounge
04/22 – Boston, MA – O’Brien’s Pub
04/25 – Koln, DE – Stereo Wonderland
04/26 – Breda, NL – Claiming The Crown
04/27 – Munster, DE – Uncle M Fest
04/28 – Berlin, DE – Cassiopeia
04/29 – Braunschweig, DE – B58
04/30 – Hamburg, DE – Gangeviertel
05/01 – Prague, CZ – Rock Cafe
05/02 – Wiener Neustadt, AT – Triebwerk
05/03 – Burghausen, DE – Mathilda
05/04 – Montecchio, IT – La Mesa
05/05 – Zurich, CH – Obenuse Fest
05/06 – Koblenz, DE – Circus Maximus
05/07 – Bochum, DE – Rotunde
05/08 – Antwerp, BE – Boukenborgh
05/10 – Lancaster, PA – Lizard Lounge
05/11 – Washington, DC – The Pinch
05/13 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
05/15 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
05/16 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
05/18 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
05/19 – San Diego, CA – We’ll Tell You Soon
Photo Credit to John Lafirira