This past October, Toronto Blessings released their debut EP, "Asleep" In this exclusive track-by-track, the band gives an inside look on the EP.
This is the opening track so it had to set the standard. Its got a buzzing synth pulsating through this song. We pretty much wrote the song around it, as it sucks you in on the riff that keeps being repeated. A friend described this song as a mash up between an arcade game soudtrack and The Birthday Party. Lyrically it's about people not daring to dream big any more, we all play it safe. We are burdened with bills we can't afford and are crushed by modern society.
The music to this song is pretty creepy, I think it was the last song written for this EP and kinda nods to where we're going as a band. It has a bit more muscle to it and is a bit like if Robert Smith joined Daughters. It has also been referenced in reviews to having an At The Drive-In vibe to it! I can live with that. Lyrically it's a very dark and personal song. I wrote them when I was suffering from the worst depression/anxiety I had ever experienced. I needed to get out what I was feeling. I was so nervous of friends and family hearing it, as most of them were unaware of what I was going through. I am so glad I did though as I've had lots of people talk to me about how it relates to them and talking openly for the first time of what they've been going through.
3. Good News Everybody!
This song is possibly the most 'riffy' song on the EP. It's got kind of a disjointed grunge feel to it. It's short and to the point and has a great groove to it. Lyrically this song is about finding your own truth. Lots of news outlets and media sources plug some kind of agenda. It's about wading through all that and finding what's real.
4. Survival Techniques
This song is like a bit of a Numan synth garage rock tune. It's got a bit of a dance vibe to it too. The synth really drives the verses and the drums pound along with it. It gets all noisy and weird at the end. All in all its a fun song and it's great to play live. Lyrically this song is about not writing yourself off and taking control of the situation you're in.
This is probably the most stripped back song on the EP. It uses dynamics really well. Dale our guitarist really lays back on distortion until the very end. It's a simple catchy tune and in places reminds me of The Pixies mixed with a bit of Meat Wave. It still drives along but in a more subtle way. Our newer songs have a bit more power to them. So this might be the last time in a while, you hear us as stripped back as this. Lyrically this song has several messages in, but I really wanted to make the song more abstract with my lyrics. I want people to take what they think from them. I guess overall its a song about growth and trying not to be stuck in routines.
6. No Falling
This track is an instrumental noisy lead up to the track that follows it. As is No Falling...Asleep. Like I said it's noisy and disturbing. It really sets the scene. We might try and incorporate more sounds like this on our next recording.
The title track of the EP and the longest song in it. The song itself has two parts to it, the first being a heavy post punk number quickly ticking along. The second half builds up and builds up to an absolute apocalyptic crushing ending. Overall it's probably the heaviest noisest track on the EP. The song incorporates all the styles from the previous songs and spits them out in this number. Lyrically this song is about Sleep walking through life, being controlled by how and what to think. We're obssesed by social media and we're all guilty of it. It's like the world's falling apart around us but we're too distracted to care or realise. Wake up!!
LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE: