Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker and his Freaks (including Real Estaters Matt Mondanile and Martin Courtney) just released their hazy Crazy Horse-flavored self-titled debut on Underwater Peoples. In this week’s Drop we we talk with Bleeker about languid, melancholic closer “Part 2.”
Do you consider this “Part 2″ to another song or are we looking at “Part 2″ of a relationship? In the lyrics there’s nostalgia, sadness: “This one thinks that I’m a jerk,” etc. What inspired the track?
The title “Part 2″ refers to another song I wrote years ago called “Maple Field,” which was this song about a field in our town that we always used to hang out in. One Summer I came back from college to find that the town had turned it into AstroTurf, so that was kind of a bummer. The chord progression to the second part of “Part 2″ (“but I never go outside…”) is essentially identical to “Maple Field,” except it’s slowed down and a bit more nostalgic … The song’s about a lot of things. I’m not even sure what some of the specific images are about. I wrote it after a long night of partying. It’s about the common feelings of isolation and loneliness one starts to feel after coming home alone from those kinds of things night after night. I had been talking to this girl in a sparkly silver party dress and she was giving me a hard time, accusing me of all of this weird kind of behavior. She was really drunk, but for some reason it got to me. Hence, “This one thinks that I’m a jerk…”