Singled Out: Rivers Cuomo's Break Free
I was invited into a writing session out at River's house, and I was immediately excited to get to meet him. We all wrote in this little room with a bunch of great gear and I tried not to nerd-out once he started throwing out melody ideas. I was definitely a lifelong fan from the moment I heard The Sweater Song as a kid. The best part about that experience was seeing how he built this story that we sort of outlined together.
The songs about some kids who are hell-bent on leaving DC for no other reason than to drive away from their lives back home (actually, since I don't speak Japanese, I don't know if it's still about that). He kind of made up this movie in his head where they almost get caught breaking into a Home Depot. We got to help with the details more or less, and I got to hear the word "perambulations" fit perfectly into a verse.
I'm pretty sure the first title was "Break Loose" and the song just kind of went away from my mind for years until I heard a final version out of nowhere. It's not every day you get an email with the lead singer of Weezer singing Japanese.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, you can preview it for yourself at iTunes here and check out the singled Out that Steven did for a song from Satellite's new album right here!