Never Be the Same

Album: Untethered Moon (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • Built To Spill frontman Doug Martsch toyed with then tossed this song aside before eventually recording it for Untethered Moon. He explained to Spin: "I got my high-school band, Farm Days, back together to play a fundraiser show. A few Boise bands that had broken up for years got together, so we got together and we had such fun that we decided to keep working and see if we could make up some new songs, and that was one of them."

    "['Never Be the Same'] was more of a rock song than whatever it is now. It was real heavy sounding. I liked things about it, but I also thought it sounded stupid. Then one day we whipped it out when we were practising, and I was like, 'Let's do it real mellow.' Sam Coomes - who produced the record - heard it and was like, 'That song is great. You've got to record that.'"
  • The album title is a meaningless phrase that Martsch made up. He explained to American Songwriter: "For some reason I had it in my head that I wanted the word 'moon' in it. And I sort of had the concept of the untethered moon, like a moon that's not revolving around something. It's like a free moon. I don't know why, but for some reason I became attached to that image and then eventually found the right, um, describing word for it. But there's no special meaning or reason, just an artistic choice."

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