Album: Days Of Abandon (2014)


  • This features guest vocals from A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Jen Goma. Frontman Kip Berman explained to Billboard magazine: "I wrote the lyrics, and I didn't actually write them thinking someone else would sing them. But I think it works, since 'Life After Life' is a bit in drag -- given that the lyrics draw on Genet's Our Lady of The Flowers as partial inspiration."

    "But the idea of drag and the performance of gender is so open-ended that it really doesn't matter if the voice is (biologically) female or male," he added. "And given that Jen's voice is a bit more brassy and biting than mine, I thought that it conveyed a more complex relationship between confidence and frailty, strength and despair. Plus, it gets boring to listen to me for ten songs in a row, right?"
  • Our Lady of the Flowers (Notre Dame des Fleurs) was the debut novel of French writer Jean Genet (1910 –1986). First published in 1943 it is a largely autobiographical account of a man's journey through the Parisian underworld, featuring a fictionalized drag queen alter-ego by the name of Divine.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Chris Squire of Yes

Chris Squire of YesSongwriter Interviews

One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.

Superman in Song

Superman in SongSong Writing

Not everyone can be a superhero, but that hasn't stopped generations of musicians from trying to be Superman.

Adam Young of Owl City

Adam Young of Owl CitySongwriter Interviews

Is Owl City on a quest for another hit like "Fireflies?" Adam answers that question and explains the influences behind many others.

Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney Princesses

Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney PrincessesSong Writing

From "Some Day My Prince Will Come" to "Let It Go" - how Disney princess songs (and the women who sing them) have evolved.

Artis the Spoonman

Artis the SpoonmanSong Writing

Even before Soundgarden wrote a song about him, Artis was the most famous spoon player of all time. So why has he always been broke?

Band Names

Band NamesFact or Fiction

Was "Pearl" Eddie Vedder's grandmother, and did she really make a hallucinogenic jam? Did Journey have a contest to name the group? And what does KISS stand for anyway?