Singled Out: Ballyhoo!

Ballyhoo! kick off their North American tour tomorrow night in California. To celebrate we asked lead singer/ guitarist Howi Spangler to tells us about the song "Walk Way" from their latest album "Daydreams". Here is the story:

I was driving to rehearsal in the Winter of 2010, I drive in silence a lot. It's the only quiet time I have these days. The words and melody just came to me…

"Girl, we just can't take much more, you know we make each other miserable"...

It got stuck in my head and I had nothing else to go with it. I started thinking about ex-girlfriends, one of which that was on track to ruining my life about 10 years prior. I was thinking about how so many people stay in relationships that aren't working...and how most of those relationships will never work. But the comfort of having some sort of "life" is enough to keep it going. You've got two people that both hate where they're at, but they don't do anything to change it. Just sort of going through the motions.

-"Here we are again in fisticuffs just like last week. You got your brass knuckles and I got a machete."

These are the opening lines to the song. We find ourselves at the end of a rocky relationship. These things always start out great: you feel amazing and it's someone new and its exciting. Eventually, the honeymoon ends and you start showing who you really are. Of course, there are happy relationships, but I like to sing about the bad ones. :)

-"All the love letters stuffed into a Molotov cocktail."

Sh*t is hitting the fan and it's time to make a decision. This is where people make their mistakes and end up sticking around for a lot longer or until one of you dies. Not very romantic, I know. I just loved the visual appeal of that line. It would make a great t-shirt too.

-"Let's just call it what it is..."

Why can't we all just realize what's happening and move on? It doesn't have to end in bloodshed. Those are my thoughts there. I would rather not drag out a break up, just let it die. There is only so much time in the world and it'd be nice to spend it happy with someone that makes you feel good about yourself. Let's high five and be done with it.

I hated the situation I was in back then and I needed a change. We both did. I hope she's happy, but I don't care to see her again.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!


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