Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness has been steadily getting fans ready for his upcoming sophomore album, Zombies On Broadway, out February 10th. The first single, “Fire Escape,” came out last summer. But fans have also heard their fair share of promo tracks as well. So far we’ve enjoyed listening to “Brooklyn, You’re Killing Me,” “Walking In My Sleep,” and “So Close.” Our fourth and final promo single is “Don’t Speak For Me (True).”
“Don’t Speak For Me (True)” is a slick, mid-tempo pop song. Andrew describes his hole-digging and sinking, but he’s getting stronger. But this isn’t a love song. Andrew is stronger alone. The song is unique in that Andrew originally wrote it with and for another artist. Nonetheless, the lyrics ring true to Andrew’s music and life, and fit perfectly in his discography.
Andrew shared the following message along with the release of “Don’t Speak For Me (True).”
“Don’t Speak For Me” is a unique track for a lot of reasons but largely because I originally wrote it with, and for another artist. Writing for yourself is one thing but trying to inhabit and understand someone else’s world in a way that feels three dimensional can be tricky and requires empathy. Like so many of these blind date writing sessions that come along when you do what I do for a living, it’s always a gamble. Most days it feels counter intuitive to me on almost every level. So why do I do it? Because it often leads to powerful music. It becomes the cowriters’ task to find some common burden and wrestle it.
In “True” we chose to confront that feeling of knowing you’re so close to being who you were meant to be, where you were meant to be, but still needing time and space to get there. Somewhere in the middle of that feeling, is this anxiety that the world sees you one way, when locked up deep inside yourself is someone altogether different, trying to be heard.
I remember leaving the session thinking we had written something special, but more than a year passed before I came back to it. Somehow the words rang truer than the day they were written and I began toying with the idea of using it on ‘Zombies’. It was a new kind of experiment, making a home for a song that I had written for someone else. Isn’t that what a good song should be though. A home for so many. I suppose when we are moved by another person’s story, we’re really just trying on their clothes, seeing through their eyes and realizing how truly similar we all are at the core.
The new song also comes with a lyric video. However, footage allows it to double as a music video. Listen to “Don’t Speak For Me (True)” below:
Pre-order Zombies On Broadway on iTunes now and you will get instant downloads of “Fire Escape,” “Brooklyn, You’re Killing Me,” “Walking In My Sleep,” “So Close,” and “Don’t Speak For Me (True)”. The album comes out in just two weeks, on February 10th.
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness will also be touring next year. You may want to check out tour dates and get tickets before it’s too late. Keep checking back here for all the latest Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness news.