Singled Out: Argonaut's Vintage Dress
Vintage Dress was created during one of our first song writing sessions. Lorna wrote the progression on a bass guitar – the first time that she had actually ever played one! The guitar parts built on the Pixies/ Nirvana loud/ quiet mission statement that we laid down at the bands inception. Lorna vented the lyrics almost stream of consciousness – I just wrote them down and helped structure them and make them a bit more obtuse. The song is a tribute to Lorna's genius, the way that she works straight from the heart, the music just flowing from her. She has such a natural, unspoilt ability – a true artist.
Vintage Dress was also the first song that we worked on with Criminal Records. Our original version was very four to the floor with a Kim Deal bass line and techno drum machine pattern. Maha [The Kut] re-arranged the track, helping us re-write the bass line into the more Cure like groove that you hear on the record. The drum patterns that she wrote and played really drive the song and the half time chorus drum pattern is a particular fave of mine – anchoring the instruments and pulling back on the beat before letting go and firing back into the chorus. Maha also came up with the immortal phrase 'you know you want me in my vintage dress' which we have utilised for our press campaign.
The song is arranged in a really progressive way, building up with each verse and some nice breaks after each chorus. The synth break after the first chorus was lifted from an instrumental song of ours called 'My life as a dog', and transplanted to great effect. There's also a great little noise break after the second chorus – I'd love to expand this into a MBV 'feed me with your kiss' death of music type thing at some point – I'm envisaging 10 minutes of sheer noise – lovely! The end works so well for me too – stopping on the word 'stop' – so simple and effective.
We always begin our live set with this song. It's perfect for easing each member of the band in one at a time and then blasting out the chorus en masse.
Vintage Dress is the fourth single off of our debut album and we hope that it will be the crossover success that we've been working towards. With Lorna's forays into fashion, customising vintage shoes and clothes, it would be great to hear Vintage Dress as the soundtrack to vintage boutiques across the country this summer!