We're longtime fans
of Nashville's Heavy Cream
--and not just because they showed us the best BBQ joints in town when we visited as part of NYLON's 2010 America issue. When it comes to raw, unfiltered rock'n'roll, few bands do it better than the all-girl band (yes, all-girl--they just welcomed bassist Olivia Scibelli).
Their latest is a 7" split with The Coathangers (another NYLON favorite
), featuring the hard-hitting "Toasted." You'd never guess that the song was never really meant to be. Remembers singer Jessica McFarland, "I think the first time we played it Mimi [Galbierz] was on guitar and I was playing drums and we were just messing around at practice. It morphed into 'Toasted' when we were in the studio and we all collaborated on it."
The track opens with full-throttle drumming from Tiffany Minton before breaking into a driving-around-on-a-Friday-night guitar lick. But for all its energy, the song is an ode to feeling burnt out. "It's about drinking moonshine and partying too many days in a row and feeling like you can't party another night," explains McFarland (the lyrics, which include lines like, "I don't want to go out tonight / I can't do it again tonight," indicate as much).
But if any song could inspire another round of recklessness, it would be this one. Don't believe us? We've got the exclusive premiere and download. Blast it while you order your tickets to see Heavy Cream during their late-fall tour with Those Darlins. Just be warned: It may get you doing things you'd regret the next day. As McFarland puts it, "You should listen to the song in your dad's car that you stole with your love on your way to elope."
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
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