Manic Pixi’s Indiegogo campaign to fund the release of their upcoming album, Iron Heart, is well underway. In today’s blog post, Kat Hamilton shares two songs from the upcoming album, Childhood Self and Adult Self, and discusses the two songs’ lyrical themes. For more information on Manic Pixi, be sure to check out their Facebook page, and be sure to contribute to their fundraising campaign.
By Kat Hamilton
One snowy night, I poured all of my frustration into a notebook. The line, “All the kids threw stones at me, thought I’d show them infamy by now,” was an outcry of emotion building inside of me. When I finished writing, I felt like a weight had been lifted. I was trying so hard to keep my cool in the face of stress that it became second nature to me. With this, "Childhood Self" was born.
"Childhood Self" is the summation of everything I had been through since moving to New York City. I didn’t have an easy time when I came to the Big Apple -- yeah, I know, privileged white girl moves to New York City and doesn’t get what she wants, blahblahblah. Cliché as it is, the song details my own experience, and I think the song is universal because of it.
"Childhood Self" is about feeling frustrated with where you are in life because you thought you would be more successful. I see this story reflected in many of my friend’s laments. I see it reflected in conversations with my dad at midnight in the kitchen.
As important as it was for me to write something unique in my genre and unexpected like “Kiss Me,” it was as important to write something universal. I didn’t try to make a prettier version of my thoughts; it’s self indulgent and egocentric... but so are most people. Just because someone out there is struggling more doesn’t mean your struggles aren’t valid or worth expressing.
“Adult Self,” though quite similar, was more of a planned attempt. Manic Pixi started the Iron Heart process by the band pitching songs to each other. We would endlessly send phone recordings via email and critique -- highlighting what works, what could be better, and what we should be running with. At the end of this period, we devoted one rehearsal to picking the songs.
I told the guys my intention with “Adult Self” was to offer an epilogue to “Childhood Self”, similar to how Paramore’s “Part II” continues the story from “Let The Flames Begin.”
“Adult Self” isn’t the tell-all confessional that “Childhood” is -- it is, I think, a summary or a moral perhaps of what was learned. Rearranging the harmony found in “Childhood Self”, I had never really written a song inspired by a song I’d already written. In truth, I felt like an idiot while pitching it -- why would anyone want another song that is so similar?
However, I think it works wonderfully as a bookend to the album. I think it works as a thesis of the record as a whole.
I am excited to share portions of “Childhood Self” and “Adult Self” with Punk Out today. Thank you for all your continued support, and I hope you enjoy!
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