With The Wants’ debut album Container set for release in just a few weeks time, the band are today sharing the album title track. “Container” was given its first play by Steve Lamacq on Tuesday (listen again here). Where previous single “Fear My Society” cut a foreboding shape, and recent single “The Motor” stood out for its revved-up, uneasy guitar and bass riffs, “Container” is the band at their most complete. Guitarist and vocalist Madison Velding-VanDam’s dead-pan delivery chimes perfectly with his skewed guitar and electronic underbelly. He explains:
The lyrics and melody for “Container”, which would become the title track of our debut record, came about from a writing exercise I try often: alone in my room, I ramble into my sm7b with my mattress upturned, leaning against the wall to dull excess reverberations, forcing myself to record whatever lyrical threads and tunes come out. Usually I take maybe just one phrase that sticks out — or more often nothing, since I do this just to get ideas flowing — and use that to develop a classic rhyming pattern. But for “Container,” the lyrical stream-of-consciousness stuck: full of nonsequetors, mildly sadistic stanzas that satirize the mundanity of domestic and work life, comically absurdist quips, gender plays that fold and flip, all of which felt like perfect encapsulations for the themes of our record.