An excerpt from an entry coming shortly about the deluge of pop-culture in the Ergs! music:
Appropriately, they did an Adult Swim lineup theme, because their body of music was not unlike the Venture Brothers: thoroughly enjoyable for people who didn’t get the strings of references, but full of bonus prizes and extra vindicating for those who did. Then again, the Ergs! were a nerdy group that hardly presented themselves as exclusionary; one could feel like they were in on whatever joke existed just by listening to the song.
Casey Mecija lends her unique vocals to The Acorn’s song “Lullaby (Mountain)”. The sweet tune is inspired by native Honduran music. In that culture, lullabies are traditionally sung by women. Since the band was great friends with Mecija, they thought her vocals vocals would be the perfect fit and I think it was an awesome choice.
The band also once shared a 12” split with The Acorn in 2008 where they covered each other. One of the Acorn’s contributions was this beautiful cover of Ohbijou’s “Steep”.
Ohbijou in return did them justice on a cover of their tune “Darcy”.
Ohbijou- St. Francis
The hungry wolves metaphor appears multiple times in the album this time tailing a friend that has also just moved to the big scary city.
"St. Francis learned the wolves lived in
towns with wives and with children
his eyes grew blind from this awful truth
the real wolves wore pants and shoes”
Last one from Beacons forthe night before we go backwards again tomorrow. This somehow made it into MTV’s Teen Wolf soundtrack.
"You’re fierce and spread like wildfires
So I run to take cover in sinking ships
And it’d be no surprise…
If the shore closed in on the water”
Ohbijou’s earlier works played endless tributes to the city where they lived, Toronto. “Memoriam” is about a fire that took place on Queen and Bathurst on a freezing winter’s day. The six-alarm fire destroyed homes and local businesses that were dear to the band. The reconstruction of the area created angst in the community as it was headed for gentrification.
"Young eyes ignite, burning city
No time to stop, life’s so busy”
Ohbijou - Balikbayan
In my previous post, I mentioned how Ohbijou’s music is often described with their ethnicity in mind. In their final post, they spoke about the frustrations of fans pointing out the “Asian influence” in their music when most of the time there is none. The only song that could render such commentary would be “Balikbayan” from their final album, Metal Meets. The title is a tagalog word from the Philippines “someone from another country returning home”. It is usually applied to people who have left the Philippines for somewhere else and return after a long period of time.
The word is also used for cardboard boxes used to send gifts back home to the Philippines. In the song both meanings seem appropriate. The repeated line "We’ll send it home" refers to the gifts and the rest of the song sings of the distance between family members and the reasons for leaving the homeland behind to provide for a better life.
"Our country, this in between,
the hours hang; we’re still not paid.
We’ll fold our clothes, and write our notes -
send them home, send them home.”
This wasn’t the only cultural or world reference in Metal Meets but I think it was the only Asian one.