By a Thread
The Last of the Daydreams
From Vancouver, B.C. (the “Thank you for pot smoking” city), the
post-punk premies By a Thread seem to be representative of the kind of
neo-grungy “modern rock” that you hear on KROQ these days (Matchbox 20,
etc.), and the lyrics are laced with the pessimistic pathos of our jaded
generation. Life is never beautiful and love never saves the day. Like
Thomas Fuller once wrote, “We are born crying, live complaining and die
disappointed.” Repeatedly, lead singer John Franco stresses that he can
just barely drag himself through life, saying things like “I force myself
through another day”, and “with no energy to live Under my covers is
where I’ll stay.” On track #6 he even subjects us to some of him poetry.
He makes profound statements like “What is truth? I’m not so sure
anymore.” He takes a liking to extremely personal, incoherent symbolism,
like “in the lion house bewildered”, or “The same position the last of
the daydreams carry on.” At other times he references the symbols of the
Collective Unconscious, like Greek mythology. The song “Phaedra” is
named after the wife of Theseus and the stepmother of Hippolytus.
Phaedra fell in love with Hippolytus and killed herself when he rejected
her. Now the lyrics of “Phaedra” don’t specifically refer to this story.
The just appear to be about a romantic involvement gone sour, but there
must be some connection. “And all the feelings that I wanted to share,
but they were too much for you.” These could be the words of Phaedra to
Hippolytus as she tries to explain her passion for him. These could have
been her final utterances before she drank the poison.
Despite the fact that most of the songs are a bit languid and hopeless,
they’re not bad music. For instance, “Surface” and “Crushed Beneath” are
both beautiful, moving songs, and they really rock. For John Franco, the
words of Laurence Durrell ring true. “Music was invented to confirm
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