Providence indie rock band Twin Foxes recently came out with a new album, Sleeping on the Attic Floor, out on Midnight Werewolf Records and Tor Johnson Records. Frontman Jared Mann breaks down five songs from the album below.
I Need This -
This song is a look at how the things you buy and use can end up owning you. It’s the want vs.
the need. We live in a country so reliant on technology and focused on material possessions,
it’s fucked up. But it’s also not really a surprise. Man’s slow walk to sterile mind-numbing
comfort. Aldous Huxley ultimately called the society we’re living in now back in the 30s. The
sample at the end is him on television interview urging society to change. I always loved the
last line by the tv host, “so you think we developed our television but we don’t how to use it.”
Hard Ash -
This song is really about the repetition of work and life. Years can move fast and it’s so
important to find some type of work that makes you happy. The driving-ness of this song is
supposed to be reminiscent of a life cycle, fast, repeating, and repetitive. The line “put on your
suit and aim towards sky” kind of sums up the song. Be something more than a money
motivated person. Don’t just take the job. Don’t blame God for your problems.
A farewell song as the first song on the record. It’s really farewell song to the past. We all carry
shit from our life and these past experiences (good or bad) shape us. It can be hard to get over them and this where the metaphor of climbing a mountain comes into play. Once you’re over it, you can live in the present. The line “you’re never going to live if you let the dead dwell”
encapsulates this. The sample towards the beginning is by Edmund Hilary, the first person to
Whole Lot Older -
A song about vices. We all have them and the older you get, it becomes easier to lean on them. Sometimes they can get out of control. This song is about a person consumed by them. “I only want to do this unless it makes me feel good, that’s all I care about.” When all is lost, all there left is the escape.
Sleeping on the Attic Floor -
My favorite song on the record. A story about isolation. A person longing for the
companionship of others, but unable to connect, ultimately withdraws. Feeling they have
something special to offer but can’t put it into words, the special things get unused… “getting
tired of light leaking out my chest”. They’ll escape in their mind, “my conscience pulls some
summer day vast and I’m gone away”. Believing their words will turn on them,“I slip some word
into your mouth and you swallow it. That birdie talks your ear evil”. A person truly ruined by
their own faulted mind. Much of the songs on the record are about this.
We never mention the words “Sleeping on the Attic Floor” in the record, but I like to think of the
attic as the head or brain of a house. To live and sleep there is a place of isolation and
reflection with a beautiful view to look out on the world from.