Garage pop quartet, Typefighter has premiered a music video for new song “You When You’re Older” which is the newest song off the band’s debut LP, The End Of Everything, set to release on April 22nd, 2014 via DC label Huge Witch Records. An arresting rock ‘n’ roll record filled with pounding rhythms and roaring guitars, Typefighter’s upcoming full-length release delivers a big, snappy sound that lives up to the raucous live sets Typefighter has brought to the stage, on shared bills with bands including The So So Glos, Here We Go Magic, Givers and We Were Promised Jetpacks.
About the inspiration behind the new song and music video, Typefighter frontman, Ryan McLaughlin, says, “‘You When You’re Older’ is a song I wrote sober in my room while working through a lot of heavy stuff. I recorded the song with my bandmates while drunk and having a blast. That contrast was fitting because the song is about stubbornly holding onto immaturity. I view silliness/absurdity as a very important window to enjoyment of the moments you should be enjoying as you get older.” He continues, “I had been thinking a lot about getting older and how it was getting more difficult to enjoy those moments. But I kept coming to the conclusion of “fuck that.” The whole idea around the video is trying to execute a simple idea and just embracing the embarrassment of fucking it all up, as I would have done when I was a little kid. So we locked ourselves in a room for a day with a GoPro and played the song a million times and let things get weird. Thanks to editor Bryan King for making some sort of sense out of it.”
Over the course of two well-received EPs, Typefighter, consisting of Ryan McLaughlin (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Thomas Orgren (Guitar), John Scoops (Bass) and Will Waikar (Drums), has built a reputation in the nation’s capital for their disarming melodicism. The band’s new material displays a louder, wilder Typefighter – born of time in the wilderness. The band decamped from its H Street practice space to Vermont to record with veteran producer John Thayer (Exit Clov, Drunken Sufis) in a remote cabin, where they stripped away their customary autoharps and banjos to seek the raw core of their songcraft.
During the sessions, McLaughlin was reeling from the loss of two close friends in quick succession: one a former bandmate, the other a co-founder of the pie truck, Dangerously Delicious Pies, run by McLaughlin during Washington’s white-collar lunch hours. The solitude of Vermont helped McLaughlin immerse himself in The End of Everything’s turbulent emotional waters.
“I was just shot,” McLaughlin said. “Losing two people so close to me in such a short period of time got me thinking about how our lives are just a little piece of a much bigger puzzle. Once you’re gone, you’re gone, but the world keeps spinning. Music helped me find my place in that puzzle.”
For all its snazzy melodies and thundering drumming, The End of Everything isn’t a record about teenage dreams and rock and roll excess. It’s a record built from the hard realities of adulthood, accentuated by a sonic adventurousness cultivated by guitarist Thomas Orgren as an engineer at DC’s legendary Inner Ear Studios and driven along by the forceful rhythm section of drummer Will Waikart and bassist John Scoops. Typefighter has forged an album that makes melodic sense out of emotional chaos.
The End of Everything picks up where the sound of DC in the 1990s left off, and ventures into uncharted pop territory.