Photo by Chris Strong
As we begin preparing ourselves for the final Joan of Arc album in December, we have a new single to contend with. "Something Kind" was written and is sung by Melina Ausikaitis, and starts off as a fairly mellow indie rock song with an intensely quietly simmering beneath. As Ausikaitis explains:
“I've never been a fan of the Manfred Mann's Earth Band song ‘Blinded by the Light,’ even after I found out that the lyrics weren't revved up like a douche' like I thought. Same goes for Eric Burdon & War's ‘Spill the Wine. I started writing ‘Something Kind’ in a light hearted jokey mood. But as I wrote I began getting angrier and angrier. I felt that the women in those songs were incidental. And that, at times in my life, I had been made to feel that way.”
The way Ausikaitis explains the writing process is exactly how the song feels to listen to. It starts off relatively lighthearted, but then erupts into these bursts that seem to get angrier and angrier each time one pops in. The anger seethes more and more into the quieter parts until the song just erupts into the kind of indie rock chaos we love and need.
You can watch the video for "Something Kind" below. Tim Melina Theo Bobby, the upcoming final album from Joan of Arc, will be out December 4th on Joyful Noise Recordings. You can pre-order a copy here. For more on Joan of Arc, check out the band's website.
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