10 Paces, Fire - Stop Motion Recollections EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: June 26, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed 10 Paces, Fire’s four-song EP Stop-Motion Recollections. The very first song; titled “You Keep a Horse in the Basement?” is a track that is either purposefully or coincidentally a quote from the 1989 movie The Burbs. Its dulcet sound had the ability to slow things down and cause one to “reminisce” about home lives and the memories that we hold dearest to ourselves. The beginning 30 seconds loop continuously as the song builds up between verses and then breaks back down less and less every time a verse is sung. And for those of you who enjoy group chants, there is a relatable refrain about getting home that then goes smoothly into a dance-y bridge, and finally quiets down with one last chorus.
“How’s That for Being Born Under a Bad Sign” is probably the most pop-influenced of the EP - introduced by groovy drums, and keeping your attention with the catchiest chorus from all 4 songs. The lyrics of this song are relatable; singing of being stuck between “dreams and reality,” a difficulty that many find themselves to be caught beneath. This song also includes percussion instruments that are not too common in songs of their genre, which I found refreshing.
The third song (another movie quote; this one being from Revenge of the Nerds) is “We’re Nothing but the Nerds They Say We Are.” It begins with a Modest Mouse-esque riff: guitars soothingly starting you off until the verse snaps in with drum and bass technicalities galore. Lyrically, it is similar to the other songs: the attitude of being distant or separated from the world (“flying kites in space”), and ocean references.
The final song, “Enough About Betty Spaghetti Already,” is one of my favorites on Stop-Motion Recollections. It begins with acoustic guitar until, once again, the verse begins; which is where the whole band jumps in. The lyrics are quite obviously christian-based: “and we’re all still looking to the clouds for someone to save us now.” The dance-y bridge of this song is not at all one you would expect by listening to the beginning. Structurally, the song is the same as the previous three; with group chants, build ups, break downs, more build ups, and the final break down.
Other than the fact that every song had the same parts (start in slow with one instrument, jump full speed ahead with a verse, a little slower for the chorus, a bridge, and ending the same way they began), and that the lyrics were a little train-of-thought-like with meanings that were difficult to pick out at times, 10 Paces, Fire did a great job at producing an progressive-rock sounding EP.
Stop-Motion Recollections had an overall sound that was similar to that of Minus the Bear, and a slowed-down version of Maps & Atlases. They deserve recognition for not sticking to normal instrument sounds as well. 10 Paces, Fire uses an assortment of unique percussion instruments, sounds, and guitar effects to set each song’s mood to fit the lyrics poetically written.