NEW MONDAY! …got nothing to lose, BAND of HORSES Crutch
by Walter Price
What would be the best comfort food for a post-pandemic soul? I for one, have enjoyed dusting off some old records (mostly cassettes/CDs) and refreshing, resetting my memory banks. Taking myself back to the moments, smells, sounds of the eras that meant something before the world got itself all topsyturvy. Memory Lane is a great place to park for a spell…
As nostalgia runs amuck it’s a stroke of brilliant surprise that a brand new song could have so much hefty historical vibes and emotional weight. But, here we are, and Band of Horses’ “Crutch” harkens back to a time when the post-punk folk outfit where soundtracking many a melancholy night, long cross country drives, and helping many of us to navigate trying times. Home may be where the heart is, but equally, so is a great song.
I got a crutch on you, just sick of needing something to do
Tablets in my pocket at the Easter soiree, bouncing off the carpet in line for TSA
A lot of wasps on the walls, wasps on the walls
Bailing toilet water in Lake Full of Moccasin
I’m wrong, you’re right, no need to fight
The middle was dark and storming
You’re on your own, I need to go
I got a crutch on you, guess I got nothing to lose
Inebriated late afternoon, you were fading now I’m holding on too
I got a crutch on you, finally, nothing left to prove
Welcome back you dearly missed purveyors of airy jangle pop-rock, we all have long journeys ahead of us and it’s good to have something familiar and comfortable to ease us on down the road.
“Crutch” s taken from the forthcoming ‘Things Are Great’ LP, expected January 21, 2022.
BAND of HORSES Crutch
Band photo via Facebook
“I think like a lot of my songs, ‘Crutch’ starts with something from my real life. Obviously, ‘Crutch’ means some of the things that I was dependent on. My relationship for one. I think I wanted to say, ‘I’ve got a crush on you,’ and I thought it was funny how relationships also feel like crutches. I feel like everybody has had a time when nothing goes right and you still have to carry on. I think that feeling hits you in this song even if you don’t know what the specifics are.” – Ben Bridwell