It’s fitting that the music of Kingsley Flood sounds so thoroughly steeped in the traditions of Americana and classic rock on Another Other, and this song “The Bridge” in particular, because much of the album is about exactly what it means to be American. Or not.
The latest from the D.C./Boston five piece finds frontman Naseem Khuri untangling his experience growing up Palestinian-American in the suburbs of Massachusetts.
“When I was in high school and escaped my nice suburb to venture into Boston, I was always warned not to go past this one particular bridge, which cleanly separated two very different parts of town,” Khuri says of the song, which rips with a Tom Petty swagger undercut by R.E.M.’s bucolic sadness.
“I began to understand that ‘It’s not safe there’ actually meant ‘They’re not like us.’ Later, when I was living in Boston, I’d spend many nights in that exact neighborhood I’d been warned about, sleeping on a friend’s porch on hot summer nights and marveling at the hypocrisy of it all. On the one hand, I came from an affluent suburb and enjoyed a life of privilege. On the other hand, I was still seen as ‘an other’ because of my name and heritage. I felt like I fit in both places and neither place at the same time.”
Another Other is out October 14.