I no longer wish to contain my excitement about You, Me & Everyone We Know‘s joyful return, but, I’ll admit I’ve been bit worried. Their track record isn’t necessarily spotless, and their past seems to be littered with bad blood and neglect. However, if there’s one thing YM&EWK has taught me, it’s how to bounce back. Luckily, Ben Liebsch has released teasers of his abilities and talent, adding “I’d Contribute More Dead” to the list of examples.
The single starts off with substance as simple lyrics dictate an entire scene. Liebsch hints at the theme of the song, essentially an external vs. internal scuffle. Which is nice, because songs about emotional torment are always fun, and with a record like his, even welcomed. Plus, his commentary is satirical and bold. As the song develops it’s more about his take on society. He offers a variety of opinions, not limited to population control and our varying degrees of laziness. He remarks on society’s dependence on technology and fear of the unknown. He even touches on deforestation! Well, in a way. There’s complaints about the lack of earth to actually tread on.
But perhaps the greatest point he attempts to define is the idea of disconcern. He spends the length of the song complaining, but in the end, his final statement is, “I’m on fire/and brimstone when I write/but I won’t leave this seat to join the fight.” It’s sort of powerful how he condenses this attitude of hypocrisy into one song. My god, and the lyrics, “nothing we say is gonna make a difference/nothing I do is gonna make a difference/nothing we say is gonna make a difference/nothing you do is gonna make a difference,” displays this hopeless demeanor. But that ending secures this feeling of disgust in not feeling like you have the ability to accomplish anything. With all of the problems you’re able to pick out, everything is out of reach.
Now, the music itself teeters every few seconds. It starts off smoothly enough, but quickly transforms into pure aggression. But nothing is permanent. It switches between rough, loud patches with melodramatic transitions to slow intervals of sadness. It goes through so many stages of change, it’s sometimes hard to tell it’s the same song. This just adds to the overall dramatic effect, which is captured perfectly between the song’s highs and lows.
Recently, Liebsch has become really good at making angry music. His push for betterment has reached his music. The songs he’s produced lately have impressed me. They aren’t about shallow topics anymore; he’s finally growing up. Things aren’t really that weird anymore.
You can stream “I’d Contribute More Dead” for yourself over at Soundcloud.