Given recent current events, statues are more top of mind than usual. And though local indie rockers Yohannes wrote “Make Me A Statue” before Charlottesville and the song’s monologue lyrics aren’t connected to the events in any way, a sense of eeriness still creeps in. When I spoke with Keenan Hye of Yohannes about the song, I asked Hye to share what the song would look like if it actually was a physical statue. “It’d be one of a really ugly, successful man,” he said. No surprise there, given the narrator displays desperation that hints at questionable character: “I’ll steal, I’ll cheat, I’ll lie, just keep me alive.” Though the song maintains a steady rhythm, the lyrics cut through repetition by escalating the narrator’s methods of preservation. (One of which includes formaldehyde, a smelly chemical compound used in manufacturing.) Hye explains, “I wanted to the methods by which the narrator wants himself to be memorialized to become more and more surreal, desperate, and a little gross.” “Make Me A Statue” is the first song Yohannes has remotely recorded (their drummer moved to Pittsburg) but their ties to Boston remain strong; in fact, the reverb on the track was recorded at one of the cities’ prominent architectural accomplishments, MIT’s Stata Center. The building’s unique dimensions make for an interesting recording space, Hye explained: “The reverb on this track was taken from an impulse response in the Stata Center at MIT [which] is just a kind of recording of a space you can use to digitally mix tracks into that space in a really realistic sounding way, as if the song was performed there.” As the song comes to a close it stutters like a car radio with static interference, and the echoey plinking of keys fades in. Hye noted that, while a fade-out makes sense for the “circular catchy beat” that is “Make Me A Statue,” he generally avoids them. “I have a huge pet-peeve about fade-outs” he said. “I think they are a real cop out and not a creative way to end a song at all. So, I wanted to fake a fade-out to allude to that by slowly fading the volume down for a little bit, but then abruptly cutting everything away and switching to a completely new sound. For that, I wanted something super lo-fi, and the original “song baby” we recorded on a phone worked well.” Listen to “Make Me A Statue” below: Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.