Party in a Can

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Another post-Trevor song, written around the same time The B-Side was written. The similarity between the two songs is most noticeable in their structure - they're both in the form intro-verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus-outro. This is the most funk-sounding song we've ever written, except for an unrecorded song called Zeep Gorp (written entirely by Greg) that used to be played live when Ground Rules was still a three-piece.

This song is the best example of how heavily we rely on cues to change parts. Everything starts breaking down as soon as Archie transitions to his riff in 5/4, and the part immediately afterward is so difficult for Archie to play that he can barely play this song without a bass pick.

The weird-timed part is even more interesting: the meter progression after the 4/4 part is 6/8-7/8-10/8-7/8-6/8-23/8-6/8-7/8, then back to the intro riff. Originally, we wanted a part where the length of each measure is one beat more than the one right before it, and we wanted a measure of - specifically - a high prime number. We eventually settled on 23.

This song was originally called "I'm Not Trying to Impress You, But I'm Batman," after a song a friend of mine from high school wrote. We renamed it to Party in a Can shortly before recording, after we were described as a "party in a can" on a show poster by a band who had never heard of us before.


from ¿Care to Jäm?, released June 26, 2015



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