Back in April, Tokyo Police Club released their first full-length Elephant Shell. In this week’s Drop, we bring you a brand new UK/Japanese bonus track, “New New Song.” The title says it all. Or, at least we assumed it did. We asked frontman Dave Monks for specifics.
“New New Song” is a new version of “New Song.” Will you ever add another “new”? Does the title at all connect to the lyrics?
The title doesn’t really connect to the lyrics — “New Song” was just a working title we had for the song, which we used because it was the first that we wrote after recording our first EP. My favorite part of the song was always the drumbeat and we were never quite sure if the rest of the song was doing it justice. Then when we initially tried to record it, it wasn’t coming out the way we wanted so we scrapped it but decided to later salvage the drum part for a song called “Juno.” The song worked out really well with the drums I think. And then, to make a long story longer, we decided to rewrite “New Song” for a b-side and used a new drumbeat and other guitar parts that tied it all together better than it initially was. So that was renamed “New New Song.” If someone wants to remix or cover it let me know because it’s got to be called “New New New Song.”
Can you explain how you came up with the concept behind the narrative? Between mentions of “atriums” and “ventricles” and a focus on blood, it gives a new slant to the usual broken heart story: “Collect the blood as it pools on the floor / Keep it in bottles on the highest shelf / So when you want to be with me once more / I’ll reassemble from my cells.”
The song is one of the only songs I wrote about an actual person and actually feeling shitty. Most of my lyrics come from narratives that I think up so I treated this one with a whimsical perspective. As for that lyric in particular, I was thinking about the book [Roald Dahl’s] The BFG and how the giant kept lots dreams in bottles on his shelf. Pretty awesome. But I’m not as morbid as my lyrics might make me out to be.