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C.D. On Songs: The Rodeo Church – "Misery"

July 21, 2010

Usually we do this thing for when a band has a show coming up in the next few days. Or maybe a tour type thing or whatever where they have a few shows coming up in the next few days. This is probably the first instance I can recall of having a band playing two shows on one day. The Rodeo Church is to thank, they’re playing the Allston DIY Fest on July 24 at Ringer Park and various house venues. To paraphrase Toucan Sam, follow the noise, my friends.

The Rodeo Church – “Misery”
[go here to download it!]

Today’s lesson in not judging a song by its title comes to us courtesy of The Rodeo Church. You were expecting what – something more miserable sounding? Instead of Portisheadian minor keys and strings, The Rodeo Church comes right at us with a song that is downright optimistic sounding on record, while we suspect the lyrics might read differently on paper. It’s a good thing we review songs and not just lyrics.

“Misery” starts with a pseudo-classical sounding arpeggiation, as if someone took a Bach cantata, soaked it in gasoline and then set a match to it. This bright overture sets the feel of the song immediately – this is upbeat, major key and fill of vim and vigor. How does this say “miserable” in any way? Even the coda of the cheery-sounding chorus is decidedly hopeless: “Wake up in the morning, miserable again.”

Are these guys nuts or just really, really at peace with their own misery? I’m not their therapist, but if you asked me, there is a connection between the sentiments of eternal, circuitous misery and the round, starts-where-it-ends overall composition. There is parallel and dichotomy in this track. Maybe they’re challenging something. Maybe, again, they’re just nuts. Should we feel guilty about enjoying the danceable and melodic sound of someone else’s misery? Maybe, but we’re not going to when it sounds like this.

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