Last week we debuted a new version of “Same Mistakes”, from New York City duo The Echo Friendly. It’s a good introduction to the introspective themes and romantically intertwined vocals of Jake Rabinbach and Shannon Esper’s Love Panic, out now via iTunes, and available to stream in its entirety below. We asked the duo to tell us a bit more a out their two favorite songs.
“Apartment” is a somewhat grittier take that seems well within “Same Mistakes” lovelorn theme, but it’s actually about a different sort of heartbreak that anyone who’s lived in New York can relate to: losing an apartment. “This song is about Shannon’s old basement apartment on India St. and my old Dodge Ram Van,” Rabinach says. “They were both pretty run down and we had to get rid of them but the album wouldn’t exist without either of them.”
“Supplies for Arson” is a more upbeat, fuzzed-out rock number, that features a spoken piece as an introduction. “The poem at the beginning is by my late friend and poet Bill Cassidy about a bartender at the Pencil Factory he used to date,” he says. “I used it as a tribute to him and also because that’s the bar where Shannon and I would meet late at night. They don’t kick you out early and they’re open on Christmas.”
Now that’s something worth falling for.