Hoag recently gave a detailed answer to a fan question on facebook about the story behind the new song “Corn on the Cob” on the album “Lockers.” Some good background story behind the music! Buy the album “Lockers” on iTunes and rock it.
SEAN (DALLAS, TX): “Hoag… can I humbly ask you guys what was going on in your heads regarding Corn on the Cob?”
HOAG: “I wrote the song (except for the intro riff) during a lesson I was giving to a drum student back in probably 2012. It was without words for three years. When we decided to put it on the album I heard some vocal melodies in my head but also wanted to include samples, almost like a hip hop track. I was watching batman returns and basically everything the penguin said sounded so cool to me. One thing I didn’t end up using because I couldn’t find the clip on YouTube and was too cheap to rent the movie was the line “It’s amazing what a little TAPE and PATIENCE can do”. The penguin had spent hours taping back together the incriminating documents that Christopher Walken’s character had shredded. And the lyrics fit the dark lyrics I already had. The lyrics I came up with have to do with maturing or evolving out of idealistic mindsets of youth (“am i wise? Or have I just lost hope?” etc), and feeling sometimes just how quickly time passes, and if I’m doing life in the right way (“don’t do the math, it makes it worse”). And because it’s a trippy schizo song I wrote some lyrics that have to do with those times when I used to have a lot of panic attacks and anxiety (“not sure how long I’ve been in this glade, might be a day or fifteen years. Melt up a red sun and a purple moon, notice the stars are not the same”. Sometimes you get lost in time and space when you’re panicking or things are weird. Which reminded me of the land of “Fae” that the character Kvothe slips into in “Wise Man’s Fear” (a book). It’s a parallel world where time is fluid and the colors are slightly different than earth colors and when you look up in the sky the constellations are totally different. When I used to have really bad panics it would feel disorienting and scary like that. I only get them anymore if I eat too much weed. It “Sounds fun!” at first but it can get frightening and you can slip into The Fae. I love the two-edged sword of saying the phrase “sounds fun” in such a creepy, suspicious way. As for the instrumental break towards the end, that came as a little mathy experiment in feel changes. The drums approach each pass through that angular breakdown riff very differently each time. First the drums mimic the melody of the riff exactly, then they play a syncopated beat over top that grooves a little more naturally, and then finally they just slam a heavy backbeat that a listener can actually nod their head to without feeling off balance. Think I covered it all!”