Yes, this is @theshins, but make no mistake this is a country song. Here’s #Mildenhall at #87 on the #Bestof2017 Top 100 music countdown.
In the era of bro-country that may sound like an insult but this is what it was supposed to be before autotune took over Nashville. Maybe we can call it Indie-Folk or Americana instead. Either way, it’s a great autobiographical song.
Here’s what James Mercer said about the song: “ I think that that little hook, that simple chord progression and the way I’m strumming, I’ve been doing that, trying to write that song for like 10 years. And I think it requires total honesty, because it is my youth, it’s just this barefaced kid. I knew I had to tell a story, maybe like a Merle Haggard song would tell a story. So that was the one that I think might be interesting, especially to American kids to think of moving to Britain in the 80s and then having these experiences and kind of getting pulled out of your little shell, and being shown “Here’s hipness, here’s coolness.” This is one of the best tracks on “Heartworms.” You should also listen to “Name For You” (a very Shins sounding song), “Rubber Ballz” (also very Shinnie), “Dead Alive,” and “The Fear” (which could totally be a Mariachi song).
I saw them at The Greek in L.A. earlier this year and they were amazing. One of the best shows I’ve seen.