SHORTSTRAW Presents: THOSE MEDDLING KIDS May Song Release: OUR SIMPLE MINDS

SHORTSTRAW Presents: THOSE MEDDLING KIDS May Song Release: OUR SIMPLE MINDS

Like many of the songs from the THOSE MEDDLING KIDS Collective, OUR SIMPLE MINDS was born from a practice session at Gad’s parents’ house when SHORTSTRAW’s normal practice space was unavailable.

It brought back all the memories of jamming as high schoolers in their parents’ basements. So that nostalgia, mixed with some whiskey and smokes, made for a super interesting jam session, which actually resulted in three songs – two of which will feature on TMK.

“Fortunately I record all of these sessions on my phone, because we remembered basically nothing when we left, except that I did this weird low register singing on one of the jams that I was really interested in taking further. I had come in with the vocals a bar too early, so the timing was off, but there was something about that off timing that really spoke to me. So I listened to the phone recording about a hundred times trying to figure out the different inflections I did vocally and where I started singing and really struggled with trying to make sense of it. But we eventually worked it out in studio, cutting bits here and there and eventually getting the structure down.”
– Alastair Thomas.

Being a complete departure of anything the band has ever done, SHORTSTRAW describes the song being about life, love and death – quite a sombre tale, but with a sense of triumph that suits the song perfectly. The message is the classic tale of “Life is short, so live it to its fullest.
 
“I think the fact that it is so different from our other work, is the reason why it’s so special to us. This album has allowed us to experiment with so many different ideas and genres, and this song is the perfect example of how different we can be in our sound. There’s a certain quirk to the lyrics, but apart from that, people may struggle to identify it as a Shortstraw song without knowing it’s us.”
says Alastair.
SHORTSTRAW Presents: THOSE MEDDLING KIDS May Song Release: OUR SIMPLE MINDSSHORTSTRAW Presents: THOSE MEDDLING KIDS May Song Release: OUR SIMPLE MINDS
Because it is so different, the band opted for a lyric video as opposed to a music video for OUR SIMPLE MINDS, whilst telling the story through time lapses. It starts with an aerial shot flying over crashing waves – a metaphor for the early stages of life – flying young and carefree. Then the prospect of life and death starts to dawn on you – the birth of life and decaying death. Then just a bunch of images of life and a visual representation of how one would live their lives to the fullest.

“The video adds a sense of sombreness and triumph at the same time to the song – which is a pretty accurate description of what life is like.”
Watch the lyric video for OUR SIMPLE MINDS here!


THOSE MEDDLING KIDS – New Member:
MAAIKE BAKKER – Designer

SHORTSTRAW Presents: THOSE MEDDLING KIDS May Song Release: OUR SIMPLE MINDS
This month’s artwork is by South African artist and designer, Maaike Bakker. Maaike is a visual artist working with various drawing, sculpture and installation based mediums. Bakker’s work predominantly explores themes of notation and ephemerality. Her practice also investigates limitations imposed by systems or structures and aims to determine at what point such structures may become excessive and irrelevant, ultimately exploring futility.

SHORTSTRAWis delighted to have her design the artwork for OUR SIMPLE MINDS.

Buy OUR SIMPLE MINDS here on iTunes!


Also one of theTMK squad, is NICK HAMMAN, longtime friend and supporter of SHORTSTRAW. Nick is the host of a morning show on 5FM, one of South Africa’s biggest commercial radio stations. He has very kindly given SHORTSTRAWsome needle time on the first Friday of every month to debut and talk about each single as they are released. As their media partner, and good chommie who supports local music, he undoubtedly deserves to be a Meddling Kid.

Listen to the latest SHORTSTRAWsingle from theTMK Collectiveevery first Friday of every month at9h15AMon Nick Hamman’s show on 5FM.

SHORTSTRAWis also proud to have all their music equipment provided and endorsed by TOMS. With branches around South Africa, these guys run a great ship, and help out with all Shortstraw’s instrument needs.


THOSE MEDDLING KIDS: New Music. A New Collective.

For more information and to view the collective’s directory please visit:
http://shortstraw.co.za/tmk

SHORTSTRAW Contact:
Website: http://shortstraw.co.za
Facebook: https://facebook.com/shortstrawband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shortstrawband
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