Deadbolt - This song has been my favorite song since the day I heard it in February 2002. There are plenty of other songs that move me (don’t cringe) either emotionally, physically, or mentally, but it’s cool to come back to Deadbolt and just love it all over again. What do I love most about it? It starts at 100 miles per hour - you are just dropped into a car driving straight ahead at full speed. The lyrics are just asking to be yelled at full volume. It’s a highly unconventional song - no standard verse or chorus here at all. I love that the album version has the piano outro leading directly into the next song, but that they tweaked and enhanced the live version so it’s more of a climax to the song. The jumping before “what have I done, is it too late to save me from this place” in the live version always gets the crowd hyped. The video is a pretty perfect distillation of the shows and crowds they played back then. It was fun to reunite with a lot of those folks at the 20th anniversary show and feel the weight of time, looking back at ourselves. We don’t get a chance to do this as much anymore, with jobs and kids and responsibilities. But damn it is a treat when we do.
Where Idols Once Stood - Another 100mph out the gate. The breakdown here is pretty legendary. My favorite part is when we seem to veer off course, spiraling out into space, only to be grabbed back and centered right after (and though it seems the sun will shine - I’LL DRAW THE SHADES AND STAY INSIDE) which is always super loud at the show. So much fun.
To Awake and Avenge the Dead - Ok you probably expected this to be higher, at least one higher. I’m not knocking the song at all when I say it just doesn’t hit quite as hard as it used to. I just like re-listening to Deadbolt and Idols a bit more, but that’s not really a slight on TAAATD. For years it seemed they didn’t want to play this song and then they finally came back to it and it was glorious. I still miss my sweatshirt with the lyrics on it and the skulls and so forth.