Verse Metrics – The Nightmares Leave Us All Inoperational (Premiere)
Listen to the Interpol-esque new single The Nightmares Leave Us All Inoperational by Glasgow's Verse Metrics
When gifted with the vocal abilities of Interpol’s Paul Banks you should, like Verse Metrics frontman Robert Dick, embrace it and then some. The Glasgow four-piece’s upcoming single, The Nightmares Leave Us All Inoperational – a song title that wouldn’t be out of place on a Twilight Sad record – feature’s Dick’s rich vocal alongside muscular post-punk/math rock instrumentation making for a song we’re fully on board with.
Recorded with Tom Peters at The Edge recording studio in Cheshire, The Skinny are delighted to be premiering The Nightmares Leave Us All Inoperational, which you can listen to in the SoundCloud player below or by clicking here if the player isn't displaying correctly.
“Lyrically the song is about anxiety dreams and disappearing down the rabbit hole of the Amanda Knox case,” Dick tells us. “The song spent most of its life called Infinite View as an artist had nicknamed Perugia [the city in which Knox was accused of murdering Meredith Kercher; after a number of trials and retrials, Knox was eventually acquitted in 2015] the city with the ‘infinite view.’
“My favourite line in the song apart from the title is ‘She stole the weights off a dead girl's eyes.’ I finally got round to reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, and one of the people in it said the killers were so mean they would steal the weights off a dead man's eyes. When I looked into this more, it turns out to be a Southern American saying, because in the mortuaries they used to put coins on the cadavers eyes to stop them from opening, and people used to break in and steal them. It made me think of Amanda Knox and how everyone thought of her at the time.”
Continuing, Dick tells us that “musically speaking, we turned up at a practice room last year that absolutely stank of weed, and it reminded me that I had a riff that sounded a bit like slowed down Kyuss, so we started working on it that night. Also, I feel it sounds a little bit like Interpol?”
The Nightmares Leave Us All Inoperational is released on 10 Jul