Grief and bright, jangling guitar lines aren’t often associated with one another. However, Washington, DC garage pop outfit Typefighter have found a way to cope with bleakness of life while crafting jaunty, upbeat songs. Earlier this year, the band released their debut full length, The End Of Everything, an album which saw frontman Ryan McLaughlin mourning the deaths of two of his good friends. Even with all the venting on their debut, McLaughlin still has more heart-wrenching stories to tell with their new standalone single, “Wall Song”.
“‘Wall Song’ was one of the easiest and hardest songs I’ve ever written,” McLaughlin said in a statement. “It’s about watching a loved one disappear, in a sense, and the coping mechanisms of everyone affected. It’s sad, you know? But eventually, you get to a point where there just isn’t anything you can do anymore and you stop blaming yourself. I guess that can be a beginning or an end, but either way, things really change.”
“Wall Song” strays from the bright tones of their debut record and is more upfront with its misery. The confessional track opens with McLaughlin reminiscing about getting stoned with his 17-year-old brother before escalating to his brother’s current heroin addiction. The guitar line builds from light picking to blaring chords, with McLaughlin practically screaming, “I’m fading away when nothing’s wrong.” It’s a candid and moving look into what it’s like to deal with the guilt of seeing someone else’s life spiral out of control.
Listen in below.