“Pumped Up Kicks”

May 8, 2011



I recorded this cover song called “Pumped Up Kicks” after an afternoon spent in my hotel room in Halifax on a rainy day on tour. I had wrapped up a writing session, and was waiting to load in at the venue, when I started playing “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People on my guitar in its original manner. However, the lyrics suddenly hit me in a much more melancholy way. The are subcutaneous to the melody. Though the tune comes off as a fun summer song, under the surface it reads to me as a comment on a single absentee Dad who raises his son with false promises, and the child is left to deal with the lack of love in troubling ways. i.e. Carrying a gun for retribution. I recorded it on the first take in a slow and deliberate manner, and ended up using that performance because I felt like the rawness only added to the message.

I hope you are moved by it.

Royal

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