Tonight at the Bootleg, Seattle literary-rockers The Long Winters perform their classic 2003 work When I Pretend to Fall in its entirety.
Victoria VanBruinisse John Roderick of The Long Winters
They are a very important band because they are a very good band, but tend not to get their due, perhaps in part because they release albums about as often as most people get new refrigerators, partly because frontman John Roderick is very opinionated, but mostly because music critics are terrible people who have been raised to believe melody = weak sauce.
But while their tunes are completely accessible, their lyrics often aren't, and the song "Shapes" -- which is off When I Pretend to Fall and, I'll just say it, my favorite song of all times -- is no exception. Though it is an exception, because, despite being written in uncomplicated English words, it's particularly impenetrable.
So, since the song is now ten years old and I've cluelessly sung it aloud hundreds of times, maybe it's time to take a closer look!More »