Rob Hinkal of ilyAIMY said something to me as I was leaving a gig we split with him, that he liked the "places where we overlap." I gave the line to Joe as an assignment and he decided it should be our colab.
Joe and I do a collaboration almost every year (I mean, aside from being in band together ...), and every year something surprising happens. Well, at least neither of us think that the stuff we write together sounds like something we would do on our own, but Lexa thought this sounded very Jon-like, so whuduayeno.
Joe sent me a file with some lyrics (including what I thought was a very solid line we could use as a chorus) with a bunch of ideas about imagery etc., one of which included the idea that someone's world has been reduced to black and white images. So I suggested that we think of it like a graphic novel. We got together on 2/24 to finish the writing process.
We even went so far as to sketch out some panels to aid in the storytelling!
After a lot of back and forth over a few hours, we settled on a story about a guy suffering through depression and neglects his girlfriend by being absorbed in books. She doesn't want to deal with it anymore and leaves him; this song is basically the morning he "wakes up" and starts feeling things again ... and one of the first things he feels is a bit of anger on top of the regret.
Musically it's fairly basic, but Joe's idea to skip a bar in the verse was a pretty inspired one (he always seems to know when something needs to go), and I think the tune ended up pretty good all the way through.
from The Howling Tongue of Each Other
released March 11, 2016
Jon: Guitars, keys, drum programming, vocal
Joe: Bass and harmony vocal
Lyrics and music co-written by Jon S. Patton and Joseph Scala.