Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Persian Leaps - "Lost Cause"

We've been writing about Minneapolis's The Persian Leaps for almost as long as If It's Too Loud... has existed. Their blend of 90's-ish bouncy alt-rock is kind of our thing, so we're going to excuse them for this one. According to Drew Forsberg, their new song was inspired by:

"The Simon & Garfunkel song "America" came up on my iPhone. As I was singing along to the great lines "Cathy, I'm lost, I said though I knew she was sleeping", I was inspired to write a song with a slight twist on those lyrics: "Kathy, I'm a lost cause." So, I started singing it to myself and had the first two-thirds of the song worked out by the time I was done skiing. When I got home, I figured out the chords and finished it up. That never happens! The song is a fairly tongue-in-cheek, exaggerated take on lack of self-confidence; honeslty, the lyrics are basically a delivery mechanism for the hooks in the verses and choruses. I don't really know anyone named Cathy. Or Kathy."

Normally a song inspired by Simon & Garfunkel would be a hard pass for me, but I already love The Persian Leaps. "Lost Cause" is a great song that no one is going to confuse with a Simon & Garfunkel song. It's much more in the realm of Teenage Fanclub or Guided by Voices. "Lost Cause" is a great indie rock/power pop song with just the hints of some post punk thrown in there. Longtime fans of The Persian Leaps are going to rejoice for this one.

You can listen to "Lost Cause" below. Smiling Lessons, the new EP from The Persian Leaps, will be out September 18 on Land Ski Music. You can pre-order a copy via their Bandcamp. For more on The Persian Leaps, check out their website.

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