It’s always interesting to see what kind of untapped awesomeness lies in previously unreleased songs that end up getting released at later periods of time in an artist’s/band’s career. When Silversun Pickups chose to create an entire album dedicated to a handful of unused singles quite ironically titled The Singles Collection, it was kind of hard not to wonder what track they would choose as its official first single. Well, they definitely chose the right one with “Cannibal” and the only question to ask is “Why have they been holding out on this greatness for so long?”
“Cannibal” successfully combines the best parts of EDM and alternative and makes it absolutely perfect for the LA Rock Club scene (ironic since they originate from that area). While it has some dance elements to it (the literal dropping of its bluesy bass guitar throughout the track), it’s still very much a well-orchestrated rock song nonetheless. In fact, its music has a very animalistic vibe to it and works very well to embody the song’s title. Its instrumentation vividly paints a scene of a crazy, alcohol-infused party with dirty dancing and strobe lights flashing.
Despite the song’s fun, upbeat music, there is a deeper meaning that lies within its lyrics. It discusses how we as human beings (especially in today’s society) find it so easy to completely fake how we feel about a person and the process in which we try to size up who that particular person is. Its chorus of “who is gonna break the ice/no room for shallow alibis/who will be the first to bite/or do we keep on playing nice/until the next time” quickly tells the story of how we’re unsure of who this stranger is when we first meet and how the cycle repeats itself when it comes to people trying to figure out who we are as a person.
There’s no doubt that “Cannibals” has the potential to be a great hit single and it’s unfortunate that it never made it onto one of their previous albums (most surprisingly their recent album, Neck of the Woods). It not only makes you want to dance but it also makes you realize that first impressions really do determine whether you form a relationship with someone. Even though it’s one of those tracks that was never previously released, I think it really gives an excitement factor to the upcoming The Singles Collection and the other hidden musical gems it may possess.
Alternative | Dangerbird Records