Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Shawn Biggs at Studio Paradiso, San Francisco, California
We're all so hard up for punishment that we don't know what to do with ourselves. If we sit around and think about how many people we know who can be so easily seduced by drama, we'd never be able to lift ourselves back out of the chair. We'd be sitting there for an eternity. The self-saboteurs are everywhere. They seek out more saboteurs who share the same interests.
We do what we can to get to that sweet spot, to a place where we feel that we can be happy and sooner or later we get restless, or we just allow the cracks in the wall to get bigger and bigger until the basement's flooded and we're throwing every goddamned thing out for the trash man to haul away. There are so many people who find love - the kind that they are certain they've been looking for, the kind that they're going to be happily committed to for the rest of their lives - and then, before they've had a chance to even settle in, the whole glow surrounding it has disintegrated. They immediately begin to entertain the possibility that they've made a grave mistake and they're not just going to try to wriggle out of it, they're going to try to break everything around them and leave it all looking like a nightmare.
The Last Royals, made up of writer/singer Eric James and drummer Mason Ingram, don't necessarily make music to commemorate the calamities and the ugly episodes, but they slip into these stories of trying relationships that feel as if they're headed down the wrong path. Even a song about longing and missing a sweetheart feels like it's gone beyond simple sadness. It's gone somewhere just a little darker than those involved would have liked it to have gone. "All Over Again" is a song about a young married couple that is already starting to feel the pains of what all that means - the pains of a drifting romance. There's a plea for getting back to those feelings that they used to have, to fall in love all over again. It doesn't sound like they're going to get there, despite the best intentions. Sometimes it's best to just cut the rope.
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