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No. 4, “End the Moderation,” which begins with a choppy, Nirvana-esque chord progression before transforming into a breakneck rock anthem. A relatively subdued singer-guitarist Clark Sabine calls for the destruction of mundane routines: “Calm, reserved, and complacent/All that ends right here/Shake the rafters, burn the bridges, break the columns/End the moderation.”
The song was the last one the band wrote before hitting the studio, and the 33-year-old Arlington resident recalls being plumb out of lyrics. “I was almost at my wit’s end at that point,” Sabine says. He asked bandmate Eric Axelson for ideas, and the former Dismemberment Plan bassist (see Show & Tell, page TK) suggested a song about “cutting loose.” Inspired, Sabine wrote about “breaking out of the mold of your everyday life, whether it be going out and partying, going to a show, or sitting in a field and reading,” he says.
With a tempo that’s anything but moderate, the music underscores the lyrics’ sentiment. Live, the band plays “End the Moderation” even faster. “It’s a real pain in the butt, but turning up the tempo adds to the energy,” Sabine says. That has its downsides: Several times during the last few months, Sabine has lost his glasses while thrashing on stage, and twice he stepped on his stylish black frames and broke them. “I actually wore Croakies for a while, to keep my glasses on my head, but I lost it,” he says. “I think I’m just going to go without [glasses] from now on.”
Statehood plays the Black Cat on Wednesday, Nov. 21.