I’ve been a fan of the New Pornographers since 2005/2006. One of my friends was playing them while we were hung over and driving to get some greasy food. Perhaps I was just in a certain frame of mind at the time, but the power-pop bliss of “Use It” stayed in my head for weeks. And it’s never really gone away either – it’s my second most played song on Itunes.
I was disappointed with 2007’s Challengers because it seemed like the New Pornographers finally admitted that they were just a side band for almost every single member. Only a couple of songs stood out in an otherwise lackluster album. Luckily they bounced back with this year’s Together. They realized that they might all be in different groups and have different musical outlets, but together they create some pretty kick-ass music.
“Your Hands (Together)” is the New Pornographers at their best – it somehow manages to blend both Cheap Trick (an average band who sounds awesome when you’re drunk enough to do karaoke) and Black Sabbath. It begins with a chunky power chord that’s ripped right out of “War Pigs” – there’s even breathing room for the cymbals to heard without headphones on. The star of the show here is Neko Case, who once again proves why she is a star in her own right. The way she harmonizes with Carl (aka AC) Newman is nothing short of amazing.
The song rocks, but for The New Pornographers it’s the closest they’ll get to Led Zeppelin or Sabbath. Newman describes the genesis of the song here.
“Your Hands (Together)”: