Our editor loves when it comes to light that crooners and folk anti-heroes share his punk rock roots. So when we caught wind that Bill Callahan -- whose second solo LP I Wish We Were An Eagle comes out on April 14 via Drag City -- named one of his songs after an old hardcore record, we wanted to share it. But really, this is just an excuse to highlight two great posts we saw on the former Smog, including the album standout track "Eis Ma Clack Shaw".
In an interview with Impose posted today, Bill was asked about the track "Faith/Void", which coincidentally shares it's title with an old D.C. Hardcore split LP.
One of my all-time favorite punk-hardcore records is the split between the D.C. band’s Faith and Void. Is the title of the song (”Faith/Void”) at all a reference to that?
It’s one of my favorite records, especially the Void side, and I’d always thought the title Faith/Void was really succinct and beautiful. I’d written the song without a title and then noticed that it had the words “faith” and “void” in it, so I jumped at the chance. And I never looked back.
Red the full interview here.
And a couple weeks back, Stereogum premiered the beautiful song "Eid Ma Clack Shaw" with a quip from Bill explaining his songwriting process.
"I'm more about literal meaning or clarity. I pretty much have to write the lyrics first and completely before I can try to set it to music with a pure heart. I feel like a traitor otherwise." Along those lines, the new songs -- particularly album standout "Eid Ma Clack Shaw" -- sound grounded in the mourning of a real life relationship. "I dreamed it was a dream that you were gone / I woke up feeling so ripped by reality."
Listen to "Eid Ma Clack Shaw" here.