Closebye – ‘Pilates’

Closebye announces new album Hammer of My Own and shares new single ‘Pilates’

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NYC indie rockers Closebye is set to follow up their 2022 album Lucid News with their latest effort, Hammer of My Own, slated for release on August 23, 2024.

The new single, ‘Pilates,’ finds its roots in a moment of casual eavesdropping, as songwriter Jonah Paul Smith recalls overhearing someone complain about being dragged to a pilates class by a friend. This sparked a reflection on personal relationships and self-improvement.

“The first inspiration for ‘Pilates’ came when I overheard someone complaining about being “dragged” to a pilates class by their friend. I remember being a little envious, thinking, ‘Why are you complaining? I want a friend who will take me to pilates.’ This was around the same time one of my closest friendships was falling apart, so the song became about the ways in which I lose myself in other people, projecting my own failures onto them.

“Throughout the song, I’m constantly shifting the blame between myself and this character “Doug.” Doug and I are both privately self-destructing and unable to communicate, stuck in a paralysis, so my suggestion is we get moving with some pilates, which would be an easy fix. In reality, it is too late to salvage the relationship, and if I really wanted to go to a pilates class I would take myself. A lot of the album follows this realization about self-improvement–that I can only change if I want to–and this song is the pre-realization denial phase of that process.”

‘Pilates’ is out now. Hammer of My Own is set for release on August 23, 2024.

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