Post by skywaywalker on Jul 15, 2020 22:49:27 GMT -5
Some things that occurred to me about The Stove and the Toaster:
Much of the THS canon is based on recurrences of religious archetypes.
The heist is set to happen in Las Cruces.
A Chevrolet Silverado's emblem is a cross.
In this song we have a different crucifixion narrative than the ones in earlier songs. The people "crucified" in this narrative in Las Cruces are apparently set up by the chef and the chauffeur, who are the Judas figures.
This interview was discussed in another thread. One thing in it: Franz describes Craig making up lyrics to Epaulets on the spot in the studio and Franz is shocked at how great they are.
My sense is Craig probably has a sense of what he wants to say long before, it's just a matter of how to express it in a way that fits the music.
I'm not sure if the specifics of how the album was recorded has been addressed in this thread yet. I believe the first five songs on the album were all recorded in one session, which was the last of the recording sessions for the "album". So it makes sense to more easily consider the first 5 songs as part of a cohesive unit. Conversely, the last 5 songs were recorded over a number of different, previous sessions, and I believe that during those sessions the band didn't even know they were going to make an album. So those last 5 songs may share things, thematically, but they may not necessarily form a cohesive narrative with one another or with the first 5 songs. Unless Craig had the overall narrative in mind before the very first session, which is possible.
I also guess that whatever "story" is included in this album is not part of the Charlemagne, Gideon, etc. narrative, although the themes are similar. That's just a hunch, mostly based on how talented Craig is. I figure that if he was creating an over-arching narrative he would want to create a new narrative.
Post by skywaywalker on Jul 18, 2020 20:43:28 GMT -5
swagger, I'm thinking similar to you that a new narrative or narratives is playing out in a lot of these songs (that may have been developing from Teeth Dreams and threads from other albums).
Am remembering an interview Craig did a few years ago when he said something like he didn't want to write Crocodile Dundee III. I took that to mean he didn't want to just repeat the same old narrative story arcs.
It does seem like there are a lot of indicators like there could be some of the old characters involved, though nothing seems 'for sure' right now.