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C.D. On Songs: Hey Now Morris Fader – "Down In Front"

March 19, 2010

We’re having a bit of a punctuation crisis with this band. Are they rebuffing someone named Morris Fader (“Hey Now, Morris Fader”)? Are they addressing him after forgetting his name (“Hey Now… Morris Fader”)? Or are they bringing him/it out onto the stage (“Hey Now Morris Fader”)? Or is it all of the above? Maybe you can ask them for me tonight at Church, where they’re playing with your friends and mine This Blue Heaven. Keyboards, keyboards, keyboards!

Hey Now Morris Fader – “Down In Front”

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There is no messing around with this song: there’s a quick little slide up the neck of the bass and whammo, we’re launched into this solid, solid tune. My spider senses tell me that this song was written on keyboard, with the rising chord progression being my first witness. The combination of chord inversions over non-tonic bass notes show an Elton Johnian style of playing that is highly pleasing to the ear, even if you don’t immediately recognize their structure. Also, it’s in C#.

As we said, this song takes right off. Its preferred destination is obviously the chorus — it almost sounds like we’re rushing towards it at every point in the song. The first verse has an almost perfunctory feel to it, as in “OK, we need to do this before we hit the chorus so let’s just do this.” While a strong chorus is the heart of a good song, it’s almost disorienting to hear the progression in the intro and then hear it so soon again.

Is this a huge problem? Absolutely not, because this chorus clearly rocks. The tone is a rebuff to the attention whores of the world; the kind who immediately offers to take their top off once they find the focus has been directed elsewhere. You know one, admit it. HNMF calls this terrible person out in cool style, telling her to take her MF’ing seat because “No one cares about you now.” It’s a gentle, rhythmic, major-key call-out, and we’re glad they did it.

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*Be a Boston-based band/artist.

*Email a single mp3/m4a/etc. (or a download link to one) to cdonsongs (at) gmail (dot) com, with the subject line “C.D. on Songs” (DO NOT send us a bunch of songs and make us pick, we will ignore you). We require a file – not a streaming link.

*Include album cover art if you have any. If you don’t, a band photo or logo is acceptable.

*Tell us when you want to see it! Give us the date of your show and we’ll make sure it runs as close as possible to that day. No kidding.

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