“Listen to Your Mother” by Special Thumbs – A Song Review
“Listen to Your Mother” is a well-crafted coalition of elements from different, but related, genres. Although more limited in number, the guitars achieve the strength, texturing, and frequency range of Post Rock. Still, the bass is Bluesy at times and, unlike Post Rock, vocals play a key role. The song structure most closely resembles Rock/Pop – verse, chorus, verses, chorus, verse.
At times, the vocals in the song
by Special Thumbs are Dream-like. For example, during the first encounter with
the chorus, the approach is close to a suggestion to listen to your mother. And
in the verse as to what “my parents told
me,” the atmosphere is even ethereal. In comparison, the vocals during the
second encounter with the chorus are demanding. The variations in vocalization approaches keep the song "fresh" and aid in communicating the message of the lyrics.
We are never shy when it comes to
identifying our favorite feature in a song. For “Listen to Your Mother,” it’s the
percussion/synth/guitar build that begins at the 1:21 mark.
Special Thumbs are a four-member band in Oklahoma City. The members are Patrick Greene (vocals, guitar), Joey Riley (keyboard, vocals), Jared Fatkin (bass), and Ryan McGuire (drums).