Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show Asks, in All Honesty, “Where Are You, Mothman?”
“Where Are You, Mothman?” by Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show is a spooky pop-rock song about a failing relationship that’s gotten so bad, the narrator wishes the Mothman would collapse the bridge he’s on. It’s sad, funny, catchy, and packed with references to Mothman lore and the film The Mothman Prophecies.
Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show are a pulp-punk band from New York City formed back in 2014. The perfect intersection of David Bowie, Danny Elfman, Stephen King, and Alkaline Trio, the band is known for dark but humorous experimental punk music, filled with pulpy lyrics about circus freaks, dark rituals, nuclear war, and demon possession. Hooks, dance beats, ugly riffs, and spooky lyrics promise a show and a listening experience that is unique and infectious.
Those interested in the supernatural or alternative rock as a whole will have an absolute blast with this single guaranteed. “Where Are You, Mothman?” opens with an infectious guitar, keyboard and drum melody that introduces the track’s intensity in all the right ways, then finishes off with the faint and ominous horn of a whistling train passing by. The first 40 seconds are crucial in introducing the world that this song resides in, and for those that do not prefer longer introductions, “Where Are You, Mothman?” can be seen as exception to battle this preference.
The expressiveness shown in this track is truly perfection down to the definition, and whether it be the incredibly fluid and bouncy instrumentals, or the amount of sheer emotion put into each second of the vocal performance, there is something here for everyone. A story is told with characters, plot and even a backstory to be listened and learned about, leaving you wanting more at an already longer run time of over four and a half minutes. Those looking for something truly exciting and different should definitely stick around til three minutes in, as the song introduces an instrumental twist that is better not to spoil. Trust me, and see for yourself.