Chairs in the Arno “Size Thirty” (Influenza)
Published in Blog Archive, Culture Bully. Tags: Influenza, Music.
Approach Influenza as a series which serves to help give insight as to where music is born; these are the thoughts, influences and the inspirations directly from the mind of the artist. In this, the first of two parts featuring music from the Saint Helena based electronic quartet Chairs in the Arno, bassist Jeffrey Knight discusses the inspiration and theme for “Size Thirty,” an upbeat, unique love story from the group’s recent release File Folder.
On “Size Thirty”:
Jeff (Excel) had a good melody in his head but asked for help on lyrics. So Becca (Hsu) and I sat down with him, some paper and a tape recorder. We kicked around some song topics: from the sad, derelict electronics found in thrift stores to the benefits of living underground. We settled on a topic and began throwing around the ideas and lines for what became “Size Thirty”: a story of a girl dating a guy who is thinner, more fashionable, and probably looks better in her pants (bitterness ensues). We three guys in the band can relate. We gravitate towards fitted clothing and were once described by a friend as being small like circus jockeys. Ouch. – Jeff Knight