August 8 — “Life Like” by The Rosebuds

The Rosebuds

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Life Like” by The Rosebuds (2008, from the album Life Like.

The Rosebuds are an indie rock band from Raleigh, North Carolina. They’ve released five proper albums since 2003. The core of the band is the duo of multi-instrumentalists Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp. They met in Wilmington while they were in college, and moved to Raleigh to let The Rosebuds grow. Howard and Crisp were married for many years, but got divorced prior to the release of their most recent album —Loud Planes Fly Low— in 2011.

Originally, I had plans to have a “North Carolina” week, or two. I’ve been holding back quite a few North Carolina artists for that purpose, but I just don’t think that it’s going to work that way. Not this week, anyway. I might still have an NC Week later, but for now, I’m just going to play one at a time. I never imagined that the first one I would break out would be the one that I know the least about, but that’s just the way it’s playing out.

The first time that I really heard The Rosebuds was when I saw them as part of the inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival in 2010. Right away, I liked what I saw. However, I still know little about them and I only have one of their albums. Today’s song is my favorite from it.

“Life Like” by The Rosebuds

That guitar hook is the thing that gets me right from the go. Naturally, I also like the vocal harmonies. I’m always a fan of the co-ed vocal harmonies. I also really like this line, even if I don’t know what it’s supposed to mean:

By all accounts it was a heavy snow
Brown is black. By contrast, I’m aglow

At the very end of the song, there’s a reference to taxidermy. And at the beginning, there’s a passing reference to the rural town of Fuquay-Varina. I can’t say that the song is “about” taxidermy, but I like the line from the perspective of the bird being stuffed:

Reconstruct my body. Capture me in flight
Glue in resin marbles. Give me shiny Eyes.
Life Like.

I also like, in that part, the glockenspiel. And I love the close. The guitar hook fading with heavy reverb. Nice.

Buy Life Like from the Merge Records web store here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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