Behold the Hurricane

Album: Elsie (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • The Horrible Crowes are a side project formed by Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon with his guitar Tech, Ian Perkins. Fallon explained on his blog, "The name comes from a poem called the Twa Corbies, which means, 'two crows.' Check it out, it's a dark commentary on life." This was the first single released by the band and it was made available for streaming through RollingStone.com on July 13, 2011.
  • This is one of the more uplifting tracks from the 12-song album which finds Fallon singing about the complexities of relationships. He told Billboard magazine why he used a different vehicle for these more personal songs to the ones he pens for The Gaslight Anthem: "The record is about three relationships that I had - one when I was 18, one when I was 19 or 20, and my current one now. [They] ended up causing me a lot of grief and a lot of sorrow from the process of living through [them] but it felt like big rock songs weren't the right way to do it. I think that this record taught me how to write more personally and not necessarily use stories. It was just me trying to work out my own stuff from my head."
  • The gloomy video tells the story of a man who's seemingly lost everything he loved. Corin Hardy, who'd previously shot visuals for Biffy Clyro and Keane, directed the clip. "This song tells a pretty sad story," Fallon told Spinner. "I didn't feel right about alternative, meaning making a film rather than a music video is Corin Hardy. He's just amazing and he captured what the song feels like in this. We present to you a film of a man becoming lost."

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