A lot went into writing your favorite song--but how much do you really know about it? This week Brendan "Slim" MacDonald, guitarist of Massachusetts metalcore five-piece Bury Your Dead, decided to spice things up and delve into two songs. Topics include shitty jokes, writing from personal experience, and yelling at heads.
Songs: "The Color of Money" and "House of Straw"
Albums:Cover Your Tracks and Beauty and the Breakdown
Release Dates: 2004 and 2006
When they were written: I think over the course of 2001-2002
Where they were written: Mostly in a garage in Rhode Island and my parents' living room, with the help of plenty of booze and shitty jokes.
Favorite lines in the songs? "We all make mistakes in life / You made your choice the same time I made mine" and "You say he lost his heart that night / He never had one anyway"
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be? Never been a fan of regrets or changing what's already been done.
What was your inspiration for writing the songs? Playing them live, getting to listen to them. I've always written music that I wanted to listen to first, and if people dig it, then cool.
What are the meanings behind the songs? Both songs are pretty similar in meaning. They both have a deep-rooted back story about Mat's [vocalist] upbringing and family comings and goings. Everything written lyrically for this band has come from personal experience, and I think that's why it's easy to relate to, compared to some bands that write about smashing broads in their van or ripping somebody's mother's head off and yelling at it.
Bury Your Dead will be performing at Studio Seven on Thursday, July 21.