To say the new record from The Winter Passing is decent would be a tad of an understatement. New Ways Of Living, the second full length from the Irish emo-tinged indie quintet, is a masterfully crafted release that is filled to the brim with warmth, authenticity, charm, skill and killer hooks. We even gave it our first perfect score of the year. It's pretty good.
Yet what makes it so damn good is how it explores and expresses it's lyrical themes. Exploring themes such as loneliness, bullying, self-awareness, working class anxieties and just how wonderful dogs are, every track within New Ways Of Living is full of honest heart-on-sleeve substance. In order to get a greater grasp of the themes behind the record, siblings Rob Flynn (vocals, bass) and Kate Flynn (vocals, keys) got in touch to spell the record track by track.
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"This song always felt like it would be the first song on the record. We felt like the story of the album had to start somewhere and we wanted to start at the lowest point of self-analysis. The lyrics to this song are about emotional instability and the breakdown of one’s self. The feeling of pretending to be happy and just existing."
The Street & The Stranger
"The lyrics of this song was partly the result of reading a true crime book called Stranger in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. After reading this book, I was reminded of the fears I have and have always had, as a young woman, about my safety in doing simple things, that some don’t really tend to think twice about because they have never had to care. As a woman, I have been conditioned from an early age to believe to not walk alone, to hold keys between my fingers if I am walking alone, to be alert for the sound of footsteps behind me. It’s a never ending alertness to potential danger. It’s exhausting and debilitating. It’s a subconscious pattern that has left me fighting with the door handle because “out there with them” doesn’t seem as safe as “in here”."
"Melt is a song about the ticking time bomb sensation of built up aggression of being in an environment with people over and over again, when you know it’s not a healthy choice for you and when it’s the last thing you want to be involved in at that time. Its urgency beckons with the need to be polite but realistically, just needing out of the situation before you snap and explode, once and for all."
"When you become a bit “older and wiser” in life, we have expectations of ourselves through a societal norm set of lenses. It sometimes can feel as though at a certain point, we forget what the journey was about and that our life is just what it is and we get stuck in the motions of that wheel, without ever questioning the sense and meaning in that unsaid decision to become a bit more like a passer-by in your own life, even though you once were making the signposts and following them. This song represents fighting through that foggy area of life and trying to make meaning in it all, finding your path again."
"Sometimes, in order to grow, we need to burn the set of boundaries in which we were placed in the middle of. These boundaries, tangible or not, which can be placed upon us by people who only wanted you to get so far, allowed us no room to breathe, create or become who we need to be, or who we’ve always been on the path to becoming. This song is about breaking down the barriers and saying a big fuck you to the people who want to put you in a box and continue to not let you grow, unless it’s in debt to them."
Greetings from Tipperary
"This song mainly exists around the chorus! The chorus is about being hungover! We wanted this song to be our “Irish drinking song”. So, this one is about being hungover and how much I don’t like that. The first verse is an ode to growing up in Roscrea in Tipperary and aspiring to leave, because of the drink."
"Resist is the stronger glimmer of light on the album, the most positive moment lyrically. It documents love and how important love is and the fear of losing that. It’s a song of admiration towards someone you love."
Something To Come Home To
"Our guitarist Marty wrote the chorus lyrics of this song and while we were practicing one day, Rob mentioned how I should write the lyrics about Frankie, my dog. Marty agreed and said that was sort of what he had in mind because when we returned home from The Wonder Years tour, and Marty was dropping us off at our house, I high tailed out of the car without even saying goodbye because I was just at the point of having to be with my dog."
"In general, the song itself is about being content about being away from home until you find something that makes you want to go back home, always. Touring had been an escape for us in the band from “real life” so when Frankie high tailed into my life, there was always a pull to want to get home to him again once I left."
I Want You
"This song is about hurting the person/people you love most in life and that space between the hurt and the hope for forgiveness."
"The Winter Passing’s Emo Rock Opera. It’s covers a lot of topics to be honest, but in conclusion, it’s about the transformational growth of self-awareness and self-love, once we allow ourselves to work through all the things we fear, all the learned core beliefs that don’t serve you anymore, breaking patterns of maladaptive behaviour and attitudes in order to give new life to yourself."
New Ways Of Living is out today via Big Scary Monsters. Purchase the album here.