Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:03:27
"The song is a fate thing," says SomeKindaWonderful singer Towers of his band's new single "Reverse".
It's going to be SomeKindaWonderful's fate to be huge. The group lightly tempers a solid guitar groove with a danceable bounce and sky-high hooks, making for a sound that's undeniably infectious. "Reverse" opens up the doorway for all of the wonderfulness to come too. There's even more in store when their self-titled debut drops on June 24...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Towers of SomeKindaWonderful talks "Reverse", the record, and so much more.
You come out of the gate with a catchy and indefinable sound.
That's luck of the draw there dude [Laughs]. When I write a song, I don't set out to write a "pop song" or whatever. I just write. By the grace of God, it's catchy as hell, and people enjoy it. I wrote it backwards so it's a conversation piece. There's intrigue there.
What's "Reverse" about for you lyrically?
It's a true story about a previous relationship and I wanted to write a song about it. If I were to write a song about it in a normal forum, it would be boring. That's not how I do things. I usually write things in double entendre. In this case, I want to tell a specific story, but I don't want to tell it normally. I don't write anything conventionally. I was like, "You know what? I'm going to write it backwards". The beginning of the song is actually the end of the story. She hung the phone up then said, "Fuck you, it's over".
The "Reverse" is in there...
The actual song is written in reverse! It could mean I’m over the relationship, or it could mean I'd do it again differently. That's the double entendre. It leaves it up to the listener. Ninety percent of art is perception. It's about the way people perceive things. In films, I love how they don't give you the end. You have to figure it out yourself. There are movies where things get suspenseful. You know someone is being killed behind the wall, but you don't see it. You hear the sound. They leave it up to you to put your own visual in there. That's sort of what the song is.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Yeah, I just love movies. In another life, I'd probably be a film director or a baseball player. I'm too short to be a baseball player. Music just comes to me naturally. Every song is a movie. Everything is a visual. That's what the whole album is. You listen to it, and you see movies in every song.
What are some of the most impactful movies to you?
Actually, "Reverse" is like some of my favorite films. My top movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If you look at that movie, he's erasing his memory, and he goes from the end to the beginning. That story is in reverse too. Memento does that. Memento goes backwards. Until the end, you don't know what the beginning is, and the beginning has the reveal. Nobody ever did that with a song before. I think Nas did one like that called "Rewind" where he rapped backwards, but no one has sung a song backwards and told a story singing like that. That's what I set out to do. Even though it was my agony, I did lose a relationship out of it [Laughs]. I got a cool song though. That's what life is all about for an artist anyways. We sacrifice our lives for entertainment purposes. It's what I signed up for.
What artists shaped you?
I love hip-hop. I love A Tribe Called Quest. I love everything from them to Led Zeppelin to Bob Marley. I love reggae a lot. I have a lot of influences. You can hear it in my voice. I draw most of my inspiration from living real life. I see heroes in the world like a father who actually sticks around and takes care of his kids or a single mother. Everyday heroes inspire me. Sometimes, I put on some shades and go watch people.
What's your vision for the record as a whole?
The album's already recorded. We dressed up an amazing album right around "Reverse". We've got a lot of great singles. Each song is a movie. If we're blessed enough to release everything in succession, the album is a whole story. I want to return to that "album feeling" where you can press play and listen all the way through. The whole thing is a movie!
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