The song we refer to as “Insist”. 🙂
Back when we were doing cd’s, it was our goal to always have at least one ska song on every one of them. Ideally there would be horns too but we wouldn’t force the idea like ska bands with dedicated members do just to make them feel loved.
And this one didn’t. It feels liberating to borrow extra musicians where needed and otherwise just focus on what is best for the song. There is a grand organ though and that was a random instrument that just-so-happened to be around in the studio where we recorded. It was o e of those made-up-on-the-spot things that just happened to help make the song feel more wholesome. We were pretty happy with it.
This song was originally pitched by former band member Chris Reed as a concept called “Mr Yes” and the intro for Insist is what the choruses for Mr Yes were. After Az had some time to digest the idea, he’s the one who came back with playing the chorus of Mr Yes and then suddenly flicking into the upstroke you here, starting a totally different song. Misdirection, it’s fun. Eyes lit up in he rehearsal room. A song was born.
There’s lots of NoFX and MxPx influence in this song and that’s totally ok. That’s what makes punk music punk: imitation is the ultimate form of flattery.
Lyrically this is standard MNIJ writing – telling a story that someone would pay attention to rather than just using throw away lyrics that rhyme. A small shout out can be found to Wayne’s World:
I’m so jaded, it’s overrated
Instead of adventure I’m just shooting fish in a barrel
That’s classic Wayne Campbell right there.
We used this as the first track on the split album “Let The Games Begin!” that we did with Major Keg and of all the songs on that cd, this is the only one that was a candidate to take that spot. It needed to be punchy and catchy and this one was there to do the job.