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Song of the Week: The Broken Family Band, “Salivating”

09 Apr 2009 · 2 Comments

The lead single from Please and Thank You manges to be simultaneously sweet, creepy, and poignant in a character portrait of uncommon economy. The song’s narrator is moving in with his sweetie. If we take him at his word, he’s literally drooling at the thought of a live-in friend-with-privileges, which is at least a little icky. But the enthusiasm he’s mustering for the new arrangement is touching. I don’t give the couple good odds, though: it’s not a great sign that he needs to “get [his] shit together” in order to “head out for some breakfast,” and it’s even more worrisome that he only really commits to the move in the shower, pondering his finances. I foresee him spending a lot of days on the couch too hungover to be employable, while his breadwinning partner’s resentment gradually simmers. But I hope I’m wrong.

“Salivating” was the first thing I heard from The Broken Family Band, but they’ve been around for a handful of years/albums, and I’m gradually exploring their back catalogue. They apparently started out as a sort of British take on Americana, with some identifiably country-ish traits, but now they’re producing straightforward rock with no particular genre signifiers. “Salivating,” with its bouncy bassline, simple-but-hooky verse riff, and energetically strummed chorus, sounds a little like a distant cousin of The Godfathers circa Birth, School, Work, Death.

Please and Thank You has several more strong songs, and a quarter of the way through 2009, it’s my current candidate for year’s best album.

At the moment you can listen to Salivating at The Broken Family Band’s official website.

Tags: b · indie rock · song of the week

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Flasshe // Apr 14, 2009 at 18:58

    What’s a “single”?

    Too bad the album’s not on eMusic yet, although the song is, as is their back catalog.

  • 2 villain // Apr 15, 2009 at 05:36

    A “single” is the song or two that’s released on iTunes, eMusic, et al before the full album.

    They have at least one older full album that’s not on eMusic, if you wind up following me into completism on this one.

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