LA based punk quintet Spanish Love Songs have released two tracks, one is ‘Phantom Limb,’ a b-side from ‘Brave Faces Everyone’ and the other, a wonderful cover of ‘Blacking Out The Friction,’ the bands favorite by Death Cab For Cutie.
“We wrote 13 songs for the album. Recorded 11. And 10 made the cut. ‘Phantom Limb’ is that extra song (and weirdly, it had this title before being left off).” says singer Dylan Slocum. “We all love the song. Thematically it ties into the story of the record well but when we received the final mixes back and I started sequencing the album in my head, I just couldn’t hear a place for it in the context of the entire album. Whether it’s foolish or not, I still believe in “the album” as a form, so I decided to cut the song. It’s less of a throwaway b-side and more of a companion to the album. And for a song about loss & missing someone dearly — listening to it after a year indoors, away from everyone I love, I think it might have aged even better by not coming out with the original.”
The band decided to cover their favorite Death Cab song thanks to the helps of the Patreon members which was set up during lockdown. Each month they would do a poll for songs for the band to cover from their various locations across the US & this was one of the choices. “Death Cab is a rare band that’s important to almost everyone in our band. I think we’re all envious of their talent and the way they’ve managed to build and sustain a career while doing their own thing. They’re definitely a top 5 band for me personally.” says singer Dylan Slocum.
‘Blacking Out The Friction’