Album: The Century of Self (2009)


  • Drummer Jason Reece wrote much of this song and singer Conrad Keely co-wrote the lyrics. Keely explained to The Skinny: "It's about growing up in Hawaii and how difficult and angsty our teen years were, just the sense we had of needing to get out – the old cliché of island fever. It was tough growing up there, but I think it's a lot better now - less violent. Jason went back this Christmas and found out one of his father's friends went to high school with Barack Obama, he showed him a yearbook from Punahou with Obama in there. He was a total local: what you'd call a guy who talks the talk and, 'y'know, like, stuff', a brogue spoken by locals called Pigeon – as in Pigeon English. And now we have a local in office, so maybe he'll bring a certain down-to-earthiness. I couldn't ask for a better background in a president than to know that he grew up in Hawaii."


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