When Big Ups released “National Parks” earlier this year, I wrote a short but impassioned screed about how much this band means to me and why this single in particular gives me that happy/sad feeling that only expertly crafted, thoughtful lyrics give you. This is a song about lead singer Joe Galarraga’s mom, but it’s also a song about the freedom we sacrifice in order to live comfortably, care for our children, or just stay alive. In the accompanying video (which premiered today on NPR), a young woman navigates the chaos of her day-to-day through dance. Robert Kolodny of House Of Nod directs; watch below.
Before A Million Universes is out 3/4 via Exploding in Sound.