DAMN THAT SONG IS HEAVY: Chad VanGaalen - "Shave My Pussy"

Ukulele isn’t heavy...  Well, tell that to Canadian folk/electronic/whateverthehellyouwanttocallit artist Chad VanGaalen.  Since 2005 VanGaalen has been writing and recording some of the most interesting and evocative  modern folk music to grace your soul and 2011’s Diaper Island is by far no exception.  The record is chock full of gritty and honest songs which is highlighted by the album closer “Shave My Pussy.”

 

The opening reverb-laden ukulele closely resembles the plucking of a harp and captures this almost ethereal, heavenly feel, which is a perfect juxtaposition for the first line of the song; “Maybe if I shave my pussy, then you’ll love me, baby will you love me?  I’m really feeling ugly.”  THIS LINE IS HEAVY!  Humans need love.  We need to know that we matter.  We need physical and verbal admiration  and are willing to put ourselves in desperate situations to attain this,  even if it means falling in love and being with someone who may never love you back.  

 

The opening line perfectly captures that sentiment as Chad’s voice breathes life into  one such woman who thinks that maybe a special haircut will help win over the person she loves. That desperate rational is all too common among dysfunctional relationships, and as someone who has been in this situation before, I can attest.  Why do so many of us choose to stay in one-sided or stagnant relationships?  Love is a strong emotion, but the feeling of loneliness and abandon is stronger.   We are willing to do almost anything in an attempt to get the attention we sought out, and when we are constantly rejected, we take it personally and we take it hard.  

 

The haunting chorus punctates the desperateness of this situation; “Oh I really don’t know how we can stand still in all of this snow.  Oh I really can’t guess, how we can move through all of this mess.”  How did we get to this place and why can’t we move forward are questions that I think all of us can relate to in some way.  For a lot of us, accepting a situation and moving forward is not only daunting but a damn near impossibility.  Most would rather put aside a problem and hope that it “works itself out” instead of facing it head on and that can be a huge drawback when trying to grow and evolve.

 

Chad’s ode to shaving oneself clean is a vignette that chooses to examine complex emotions; the feelings of desperation, despair and ultimately loneliness.  Heavy?  Yes.  Heavy as fuck.

 

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About Jason Sherman

Jason “PrKr” Sherman is a vocalist for NJ’s own space metal architects, Torrential Downpour as well as a bunch of other musical projects.  You can check it out at www.torrentialdownpour.com.   When not screaming his head off or making ridiculous sounds via Kaoss Pads, he’s either tossing pizzas or working as a production assistant and merch manager for DEP.


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