Friday, August 21, 2020

Ian Wayne - "Gimme Something"

Photo by Ian Wayne
The latest from Ian Wayne is a perfect example of turning pain into something beautiful. "Gimme Something" was written after the death of Wayne's three year old nephew. According to Wayne, "It’s about being destructive, and about oblivion-seeking behavior--about needing help. I think the pain we’re trying to escape boomerangs back no matter how hard we throw it. This song is about how pain returns, sometimes in perfect detail, when we want to be farthest from it." Given the subject matter and Wayne's explanation, you'd expect a far more somber song, which is how it starts out. Wayne's vocals express the somber feeling of the subject, while the quiet guitar exposes the positive feel of the song. Overall, "Gimme Something" is shockingly uplifting. As the song builds, it becomes more of a celebration than a typical example of mourning. 

You can watch the video for "Gimme Something" below. Risking Illness, the upcoming album from Ian Wayne, will be out September 18 on Whatever's Clever. You can pre-order a copy via Bandcamp. For more on Ian Wayne, check him out on Facebook.

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