Some bands were designed for therapeutic wallowing, crafting beautifully dreary songs that touch on the common denominator of sadness found in all people as they grow older. Take Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, for example. The Indianapolis indie rock outfit have been bumming out and consoling audiences since their start in 2004. Starting out in their early 20s, their music has often chronicled the awkward and troubled transition into full-blown adulthood.
Now 31 years old, frontman Richard Edwards has started to look at the band’s discography as a document of the previous decade of his life. As a thank you to the zealous fans who have continued to support the So and So’s over the years, he and the band decided to dig back into their back catalog and share some previously unreleased tunes. Their findings will be collected on the band’s new rarities box set, The Bride on the Box Car – A Decade of Margot Rarities: 2004-2014, out December 4th via Joyful Noise. Ahead of the release, they’ve shared the appropriately titled outtake “Bummer” from 2014’s Slingshot to Heaven.
“Every record we make I leave one song off that makes the others call me a fool,” Edwards tells Consequence of Sound. “‘You got something against money, fucker?’, they sometimes say. This was that song on Slingshot to Heaven. Sounded a little too piano man for the album. Pretty typical Margot terrain lyrically. Times are tough? Giggle and give in.”
Given the band’s downtrodden aesthetic, it’s remarkable that a song title like “Bummer” hasn’t made it into their catalog thus far. The song perfectly captures the mood of being bummed out, not because it’s desperately sad, but because of its lighthearted self-deprecation. The jangling piano keys smash vibrantly against Edwards’ Charlie Brown woes as he promises to stay devoted to his lover until the end of the world. It’s classic summertime blues filled with drinking beer for breakfast and inconsolable boredom with your own sadness.
Listen in below.