Molly Hanmer and the Midnight Tokers are a band of many styles and talents. This includes taking the famous chill-out Californian attitude and transforming it into music in “Drag You Along”. Adding to the depth and complexity of the track are the lyrics, that are particularly melancholic and introspective, especially in comparison with the musical side of the track.
The second single of their upcoming debut full length Stuck In A Daydream, the music borrows from Bossa Nova, jazz and even some samba; while the lyrics center on loss and the fact that live will not let you stop. Life moves on, and so must you.
Written and recorded at a time of grief for Molly Hanmer, this track is essentially the quirky answer to when life drags you along. If you must go on, why not do it Bossa Nova style?
The track’s duality makes it a perfect fit for Autumn, with its freshening weather and beauty, even though this beauty signifies the end of a cycle.
“I wrote ‘Drag You Along’ while I was in the studio in late 2016, and it was an incongruous time for me. On the one hand, I had a feeling of exhilaration at being in a studio of that caliber and working with Sheldon Gomberg and Marvin Etzioni. On the other, my mom died in January of that year. She was young and it was unexpected and I was still grieving. So being in this incredible studio yet struggling to put one foot in front of the other some days, it felt like life was just dragging me along at times, but to beautiful music. And the song ‘Drag You Along’ came out of that feeling. It’s about how it feels to have to work and live your life and keep going during hard times in life. And how sometimes there’s beautiful music.” – Molly Hanmer