San Diego native band, The Frights, have released two singles in anticipation of their third album, Hypochondriac, which is set to be released in mid-August. The second single off the new album, “No Place Like (Not Being) Home”, was released earlier this week and combines a reggae influence with their usual alternative rock sound.
The song starts with a classic reggae guitar sound, characterized by the accented upbeat that makes your toes tap to the beat, and isolated vocals. The funky bassline and guitar melody join in to add more depth before the driving drum beat comes in. After Carnevale sings “I guess there’s no place like not being home”, the band breaks into a short instrumental interlude, abandoning the reggae style and moving forward with isolated vocals and drums.
The lyrics focus on what it’s like to come home after being away for some time and how being home leads you to settle into your old habits. Even the title of the song supports this theme. This can also be seen in lyrics such as “I get down and I turn the television on” and “I start drinking and I act like an ass”. What I took from the lyrics and the context of the rest of the song, it is essentially saying that going back home can cause you to become habitual because of the lack of change in scenery. The lyrics also challenge the definition of home by hinting at the feeling of longing with the last lyrics of the track being, “I leave my bags and my shit on the floor, ten thousand miles couldn’t take you from me, I close my eyes and I’m finally asleep, I guess there’s no place like not being home.”
The band uses the different combinations of instruments to add variety throughout the song, even though each instrument is still playing the same melody as before. Although they make an effort to contrast parts of the song, the song is still lacking in variety for the slower and more rock-influenced bridge. However, because of the meaning of the song, the repetitive nature of the music emphasizes the overall message. The song is enjoyable but rarely seems to change, much as life at home rarely changes.
Take a listen for yourself and look out for Hypochondriac out 8/24!