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TRACK BY TRACK: Mrs Beckett’s Unattractively Needy

UK Alt trio MRS BECKETT (https://mrsbeckett.bandcamp.com ) set loose their infectious debut album, Unattractively Needy, on Friday. We exclusively spoke to the band and asked the guys for a track by track breakdown of the album:

“Care:

A song about loving someone for who they are when you’re with them. I’ve been very jealous of ex partners, I watched an interview with a couple, one of whom was a sex worker, and nothing seemed to matter but their love for each other. The song came out of imagining that scenario. Unbelievable.

Defeats:

This a riff I kept playing every time I plugged in at a rehearsal and the band would jam along before shouting at me to play something else. I wrote the song just to stop driving us all mad. No matter how tough we think we are there’s always someone out there who can f*ck us up.

My Way:

I was listening to interviews with The Capitol Hill rioters; From the President down no one gave a toss about anyone but themselves. They were just having a great day out. There’s a guitar solo on this one because that’s a kind of self-indulgent bollocks us boys are proud of.

Devastating – https://youtu.be/wyjIdO7J3Qs

Mental illness is everywhere. Some people I know lost their only child to suicide; I just can’t see how you can survive that. I have huge sympathy with those suffering with mental illness, and huge sympathy with their loved ones, who have to watch them go through it.

Trouble:

Who hasn’t walked into a bar and seen someone who is going to kill them? Some people are so hard to walk away from. This song was written on an accordion and originally, I saw it as reggae influenced thing. Then I woke up.

Collapsing:

So the third law of thermodynamics says everything is collapsing, you only have to look out of the window to see that things we base our whole life on are illusions. There is no plan, there are no rules and there is no system. Yet plans form, rules emerge and systems function. Its f*cked up is what it is. That’s why there’s the album’s other guitar solo at the end.

Lucky Day – https://youtu.be/Aodb0m6oFao

Coercive control in a relationship is a terrible thing. The weak preying on the vulnerable. There is much pressure to live a fairy tale someone else has written.  And too many relationships are hostage situations.  This was another riff that would not stop until it had a song to hold it. And I f*cking hate weddings. 

Rock’n’Roll:

What started as a rebellion soon became a marketing tool. Hedonism is a daft idea. It has my favourite line in it. “Stupid as perfect love” it’s also got an autoharp on it which are rock hard to pick out tunes on. And I was going for a Sisters of Mercy vibe, my inner Goth has to be kept happy.

Stupid – https://youtu.be/yDBgxFCgr90

Described by our glorious bassist Peter  Peverley as a rock song  as written by a four year old, this was yet another riff looking for a story , so I made one up about someone fighting their own way out of trouble. You can never tell by looking. People will always surprise you and nothing is ever simple.

Sorry:

Nothing is more important than your own emotions when in the grip of your own emotions. And nothing is less important. Self-pity is an ugly thing. And I’ve got a PhD in it. We did a version of this on our first album, but it was very, very long and had no middle eight, so I put one in.”

Check out the band over at https://www.facebook.com/MrsBeckettband

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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