The Brooklyn band Vinyette describe themselves as "cinematic rock." Their frontman Nathan Frye told us the story behind this song:
"Last year  we all quit our jobs in NYC and embarked on a four-month journey of musical and self discovery, touring the US and Europe. It felt like true freedom. So the song is definitely inspired by that. It's an escape fantasy song, like really physically wanting to get away but also in terms of the freedom that comes with simply dreaming and never letting your fantasies get shut down. The writing and recording of this song were so smooth for the band as a whole. The opening bass line was something Marc [Ligenza] was noodling around with on a break at rehearsal, the guys all picked up on it and we jammed out the parts for a bit then it all kinda came together pretty quickly. This song just seemed to be engraved in our beings and came out with such ease and fluidity."
The band recorded this song at the Magic Shop in New York City. "Our producer Jimi had just the right attitude and ear for working with us," says Frye. "He gave us the direction and liberty to record this song exactly how we envisioned it, with his honest expertise."
About writing the lyrics, Nathan Frye told us: "The chorus and the first verse were pretty easy to write: just images and projections of what it'd be like to be truly free. The challenge was where does the second verse go? The first thought was to keep going in time further in time you know, life after the city or whatever. But the break came from going backwards to that run down place where you're working too much stressed out and you know you've gotta get out of the rut even if you don't know how. That's where I think the real meaning lies. In essence the song for me is just an honest expression of: life is hard, but we've got our dreams and sometimes you have to drop everything to go after them."
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