Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Matt Oliver, Mastered by Sam Patlove
We get dragged into this picture, kicking and screaming. They get us settled down fairly quickly - with a bath, a nipple, some warmth and a little peace and quiet, but it all began against our will and no one's any different. The really strange thing that happens - and quickly at that - is that we adjust and we convince ourselves that we're going to really go after it. We're going to maximize our time here, goddamn it. We're going to do our best to love unconditionally and we're going to try to come out on top. We're going to attempt to win the whole thing, whatever that means. We're going to serve it right. We convince ourselves that this was a gift and we want it all. We sing and we dance the aches out of our bodies. We let it all get to us - the good and the bad - and we let it all move through us like the current that we always wanted. Brandon Kinder, the lead singer for The Rocketboys and the man behind The Wealthy West, writes about these desires and about this very intimate understanding that time is dwindling and there's no time to wait around for anything. Too soon, we're remembering when and that can get heartbreaking.
He sings on "Home," about that inevitable heart breaking:
"You're never going to be that far away from home. Well you think you do, but you don't know where you're from. It's ok to feel the way that you do; because you're never going to be that far away from home.
You took some chances leaving the way that you did. But you can't know things that haven't happened yet. So if only for one moment you should know, that you're never going to be that far away from home.
I remember when, we were both younger then, trying to feel our way in the dark. But it seems the hardest part was never quite this hard. I don't know who I am anymore.
You heard that the truth would set you free. But there are times when you don't want to be. So every time you feel like you should go, you're never going to be that far away from home.
I remember when, we were both younger then, trying to feel our way in the dark. But it seems the hardest part was never quite this hard. I don't care who I am anymore.
You've always known what you always wanted to be. It was just a shadow of something you can't see. Well lately I've been thinking through some things. I want to go home, I want to go home."