A band in WithGuitars books, to look out for, Goodbye, Labrador release a free download of ‘Memoir’ from their EP, A Thousand Times Before (out August 6th).
With roots in Brooklyn, Barcelona and Prague, the band blend stateside harmonies with distinctly European nostalgia. A Thousand Times Before, their second record, is a dreamy, guitar-driven collection of skilfully textured melodies matched with creative lyrics.
You can listen to the track below:
Guitarist Phil says- "Memoir is a song that really changed and developed throughout the writing process, more than many of the others. The theme was first written in Brooklyn but it didn’t start taking shape until later in Barcelona where we started getting a feel for the rhythms and drones. We finished the music in Lisbon while rehearsing for a tour and pushed it through a few different moods and styles; originally, it had a much louder,more angsty chorus. The actual result is a bit darker, sombre and beautiful.
The lyrics were written in a small courtyard out back, in what used to be old stables where I spent two days writing relentlessly – these days were among the richest and most fulfilling in my entire life. I focused on telling this story, essentially of a young man discovering the letters of his late grandfather and finding a connection to the past and a deeper understanding of an identity, that carries through generations. Structurally, each part of the song represents a different perspective and timeframe. This wasn’t consciously planned-out in the writing process as much as what grew out of pages."
The EP is now available on Spotify and the following places: