The Cancellations Move Beyond a Tumultuous Relationship in “We Don’t Make Each Other Cry Anymore”
Some relationships are built on passion and others thrive on conflict. The latter is the focus of a recent single from The Cancellations; “We Don’t Make Each Other Cry Anymore” is a narrative of progressing past a tumultuous failed relationship. It addresses themes of abuse, but remains optimistic and free as the lead voice examines her troubled pairing from a safe distance – she made it out, and she’s lucky.
The Cancellations are a hooky, heavy pop act based out of Nashville, with roots in the Midwest. Their sound is drenched in three-piece ’90s nostalgia and highlighted by more modern sonic textures in the violin, synth, and layered vocal harmonies. Catchy melodies belie dark and often self-deprecating lyrics, while the driving bass and expressive guitar leads keep the songs upbeat and engaging. Comprised of Chicago glam-pop veteran Ellie Maybe on vocals and guitar, Madison native rockers Joe Golemb on bass, and the late and legendary Derek Brady on lead guitar, The Cancellations named themselves after their rigorous practice schedule. While they unfortunately never played a live set prior to Brady’s passing, they have continued to make music that listeners can dance to after J. Marsden stepped in and have tour dates booked for later this year.
In sticking with their motif of “making depression you can dance to,” the band uses theatrical violin and soaring harmonies to sell the story and bouncy piano and electric guitar to keep the song upbeat despite its subject matter. “We Don’t Make Each Other Cry Anymore” has an Americana soundscape backed by a marching beat that almost makes you forget about the focus of the lyrics, but the soaring vocal harmonies in the catchy hook remind you that the song is indeed written about a darker subject: a tumultuous relationship where unhealthy behaviors became patterns and started to feel normal. Thankfully, the lens through which the track was written is one where despite the difficulty of walking away from that normalcy, the vocalist can reflect on what held the relationship together after making the decision to walk away.
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