In Svbterranean’s Album Dissections, artists break down the construction and/or lyrical themes of their records track by track.
Pittsburgh noise rock weirdos Night Vapor have officially released their new full-length album, 1,000 Miles of Mud, today via Corpse Flower Records. With its discombobulating mixture of sludge grit, noise rock angularity, and unabashed eccentricity à la Captain Beefheart and The Residents, 1,000 Miles of Mud is an odd, engaging, and bludgeoning release throughout. To celebrate the release, we invited the band to participate in our Album Dissections series to breakdown the record track by track. Check out what they had to say after the break.
This is the first song on the album, so let’s start here. These lyrics are the only ones that were written prior to the existence of the band. Playing this one live is something that makes it easier to play shows with heavy metal bands.
Probably the favorite song of ours from this album, it’s one of our more linear compositions in terms of arrangement and also has some of the more abstract lyrics. This one is always a real hoot to play live. A real hoot, man.
From our choose your own adventure collection, it’s up to the listener to decide how this one turns out. Simultaneously one of our heaviest and one of our most difficult to bob your head to.
This one came together reasonably quickly. The intro and outro are kind of like a seesaw that bookends a rare appearance of harmonized guitar and bass and traditional blues hammer drumming. An anthem for the hope impaired.
Lyrics for this were inspired by Nick Cave’s “And The Ass Saw The Angel” novel. This one had a few more cumbersome arrangements before settling here. Probably one our only songs with a guitar solo. This was also Albert’s first inclusion of cowbell, which has become a live staple of the song.
From probably our favorite era of Captain Beefheart, this one should be obvious that it’s a cover even though most won’t recognize it as such. This was a huge pain in the ass to learn since it was hard to find a version where the Magic Band plays it the same twice.
Consistently enjoyable to play live, this song always turns out well even when it’s still somehow a train wreck. The lyrics in this one while mentioning getting shot in “San Ber’dino” are a nod to a Zappa song and predate any actual shootings that occurred in San Bernardino, months later. Life is creepy like that.
Here we combine some our trickiest rhythms and our most straightforward song structures. The lyrics have nothing to do with the film of the same name and deal more with the castle in your own mind. Come on…you know what we’re talking about. Really, we just thought it sounded cool.
The mere idea of playing this one can induce tiredness, but when we’re in the thick of it it’s actually pretty enjoyable. Do you believe in magic?
YOUR DAILY BREAD
Look! We made it to the end of the record. This one was just as challenging to assemble as it is to listen to. Much in the vein of “Submission Road” on our our first LP, this an homage to the BDSM community and all the good work that they do. The end. Thanks for listening!