Singled Out: Mischief Night's With Me, Now

Mischief Night

Mischief Night are gearing up to release their new album "The Great American Worm" next month and we asked frontman Marcus Kitchen to tell us about their new single "With Me, Now". Here is the story:

The song itself was one of the first I composed for our upcoming album "The Great American Worm." Most of the album is a political meditation, but this song in particular is more about the idea of escapism through the imagination. Living in Philadelphia for 5 years while playing music had left me feeling trapped and defeated in some ways. The song came to be shortly after moving to Brooklyn to be with my soulmate Mallory. While adjusting to New York, I spent much time meditating on my actions in my hometown of Philly. Many regrets. So many things I could have and should have learned. In those moments I would harken back to that childlike imaginative escapist dream. I often like to write about age and nostalgia, memory, childhood. All those little details are in the lyrics of "With Me, Now". Another identity marker through the single and the album as a whole are the brass and woodwind arrangements. I have a humble background in classical band performance and was always drawn to the dramatic energy of that music.

The video and the song were conceived simultaneously. I had wanted to do something in the style of those old sci-fi silent films like the work of George Melies. Using my minimal knowledge of video editing, it took me upwards of 6 months to shoot and fully edit the video. I'm really happy with the result and reception by our friends. I've learned it's better to be patient and really just work hard, always.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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