The boys are back…! Young Guns, a UK rock act, have a new single out, entitled, I Want Out. It’s now available on iTunes so go and grab yourselves a copy! It definitely has been my song of the week these past few days.
I’ll admit it, when I first heard it on Zane Lowe's radio show (thank you, BBCradio), I was not that into it. However, that can be said for any new song you hear from an artist you really support.
So…I listened to it again, and not even fully through the second listen, I knew this song, like all of Young Guns' songs, would be a staple in my music collection. Lead vocalist and the main lyricist/my kindred lyrical spirit, Gustav Wood, has done it again. As always, his lyrics are poignant and hit the nail on the head with his metaphors and imagery. While anyone listening could make his/her own interpretation (which could really be said about any song and/or any artist), Young Guns, in my opinion, have consistently connected with me. As I’ve said before, it’s very rare to find an artist who can connect with you and even, at times, possibly even say the same words or describe the same feelings you may have (regardless oft he situation).
This particular song describes a relationship that has gone sour.
"If this is love, I want out," is the chorus and Wood and the band’s back up vocals and shouting really make the song energetic, upbeat, and, most importantly, it allows the listener to feel and be in the moment with the band and perhaps even feel the same emotions, despite his/her different interpretation and meaning of the lyrics.
It’s amazing, if you really think about it, how music, and art, in general, can mean so many different things to different people. Anyone can interpret art his/her own way, but the most important thing, and perhaps, the goal of any artist, be they are a musician, painter, dancer, drawer, writer, etc…is to connect with their audience. Sometimes artists have a certain audience in mind, and other times, even if there is one audience, others can look at the art and connect with it, too.
If you think about it, it’s certainly remarkable how art (in all of its mediums) can build bridges.
True, to play devil’s advocate, while those bridges can always break, the fact that they can be put together and fastened with another and/or the same art medium, is incredible. It’s like the invisible hand of feelings, emotions, thoughts, ideas, leading you to an already written but unknown fate. Unknown to us, anyway.