21. Escape Route
This is one that bounced around in the ol’ noggin for several years, although it was always in tact, save for the lyrics. When it came time to record this one, I wanted to get an blatantly fast punkrock track that was inspired by all the early-1980s punkrock I had grown up on.
For the vocal I wanted it to be manic, so it was left to end of one of the vocal tracking days so that it would have a level of desperation. Again, there were moments when I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it through a certain take because I was pushing the vocal chords pretty hard, but I think the results speak for themselves.
Also, even though the results are marble-mouthed to some, I think these are some of the best lyrics on the record.
I wanted a compact, very tightly wound sound for the main sections of the song, so the transitions from verse to chorus are very chaotic. However, I must say that little section where the wobbly Ginn-esque solo transitions into the second verse with a yell is a little slice of heaven to my ears.
The coda section is very inspired by the Pixies, and is just a simple but effective shout along piece. “Be, or be nothing,” came to me one day while I was driving, and I thought it was a very powerful disconnected kind of phrase. It found a good home here in the coda.
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