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STANDOUT TRACK: No. 4, “1965,” a Beatlesque number that evades both parody and cover-band cheesiness. Over hand claps, fuzz bass, and sharp snare cracks, vocalist/lyricist/guitarist Michelle Volpe sings about being too young for the ’60s: “In the black-and-white photo/From not that long ago/Your eyes staring out/From somewhere that I don’t know.”
MUSICAL MOTIVATION: After discovering Dad’s Fab Four vinyl as a youth, the now-30-year-old Volpe spent hours with Beatles books and photos, trying “to figure out what was going through their minds.” The Arlington quintet’s lead guitarist, Mike Conner, supplied the finishing touch: an era-appropriate bridge. “It’s a good contrast to the other parts of the song,” Volpe says, “and it’s more of a blatant tribute to music from that time.”
THINK FOR YOURSELF: “When you really sit down and learn a Beatles song on guitar exactly as it is played,” says Conner, “you really get a whole new appreciation for the Beatles not just as songwriters but as guitarists.” Conner created “1965”’s bridge with what he calls “a Harrison-type layer on top of the basic Lennon-type strumming Michelle is doing on acoustic.”
Like “I Need You,” from Help!? Maybe—though Volpe says, “When I came up with the line ‘It was 1965/I wasn’t even yet alive,’ I think I was mainly thinking of Rubber Soul.” But wasn’t that album just a transition to the next year’s even greater Revolver? And doesn’t Volpe know that a recent book called 1966 “the coolest year in pop culture history”? “‘It was 1966/I wasn’t even yet alive’ just doesn’t have the same ring,” she says. —Dave Nuttycombe