Music Band frontman Harry Kagan believes in the power of a “good kind of anxiety” and used that feeling as a tool to create his latest single. Additionally, Kagan explores how anxiety along with other motor emotions have shaped her writing over the years.
“’The Heat’ is about a good kind of anxiety. Heat comes from that type of volatile potential energy you feel when something is just beginning to reveal itself to you,” Kagan told American Songwriter. “It’s exciting, but that initial spark can have devastating consequences if you lean in too far too soon. For me, that kind of anxiety always exists in a tricky tightrope routine. That’s why the chorus says “I don’t want to talk about it, I don’t want to think about it”. I think it’s important to check yourself in when you’re feeling optimistic about something, not because I’m cynical, but rather because I prefer to be surprised. Overall, I wanted it to be a lighter, simpler song and I listened to ‘Hollywood Nights’ a lot.
“Heat” is a snappy, bouncy rock track with a raw, no-frills vibe. The three members are the quintessential power trio. The upcoming single Party, enjoys simplistic yet functional guitar riffs driven by power chords with a sound comparable to The Strokes and The Black Keys. The effect of the loose snare heads and Kagan’s throaty vocals complete the song adhering to its consistent raw vibe, packing it into the perfect modern garage party rock song for today.
“A lot of the things I write are direct responses to things that happen to me,” Kagan said of her writing. “I’ve never been the kind of person who can say, ‘I’m going to write a song about bread,’ and then sit down and do that, even though I’d like to be better at it. One way I think and hopefully having grown as a songwriter since the last album is that I no longer feel tempted to flatter or incorporate trends or write about things that I think I should write about. I don’t know if it’s specifically evident on this album, but when I think of side-by-side records, I see this new record as kind of a logical step up. Party sound to me like they came from three guys who completely missed out on the previous album.