little red car wreck: “i am all for filling the planet up to it’s ears with my child…”

April 9, 2011

there is, so far as i’m aware, only one band that has ever distilled the essence of young single poor motherhood into a slab of wonderful, catchy lo-fi radness: little red car wreck. i wish i could say i had seen them play a show, but all i have experienced of them is the time i’ve spent in my kitchen in a series of apartments and houses, cooking and cleaning and dancing along to their cd, motor like a mother, and the time i’ve spent in my short-lived van singing along with the kids to their songs “teenage welfare mother” (“i’m a teenager welfare mother/i’ll have more babies if i want/i’m a teenage welfare mother”…”i won’t listen to the lady on the bus who reprimands me/i am used to treating the earth like my own personal compost pile/i am all for filling the world up to it’s ears with my child/i’m a teenage welfare mother…”) and “static cling” (“listening between the static cling to the dryer of a heart/across the distance of jigawatts this signal like a dart/found me found me found me/three years of tv snow and diaper rash later/yr breaking up/i can’t hear you/yr breaking up/i’m not near you/yr experiencing a breaking point of atmospheric pressure/and what i need what i need what i need/is to use the clothesline/listening between  the static cling/listening between the static cling/listening between the static cling to the dryer of a heart”). the instantly relatable (for *me*) imagery, echoed in so few albums, novels, or other works of art, was a lifeline to me throughout my separation from my kid’s other parent, custody woes, the loneliness/confusion/excitement of that first apartment of “mine” (although of course it was the kids’, too… but no other adult!), and the disastrous repeated flooding that struck our basement home that first winter on our own…

mary water (the vocals and guitarist in the band), in one half hour album, has provided me with the sense of camaraderie that the very best personal ‘zines have also given me, a camaraderie easily transformed into radical acts, like getting by in a world determined to crush you and of working for real change to the conditions that are crushing you and others in your situation.

if there were live performances on youtube of the songs on this album, i would weave them into a movie for you because i think you should experience all of these songs now. then i would send you to buy the album from yoyo.

i recently discovered that i could find more music by mary water under her name, and so i’ve been exploring her more recent musical output, and i love it, too! i wonder if she will play a show in portland someday soon. i hope to be there when she does!

here is the video for one of her more recent songs (it’s about a grocery store i end up spending plenty of time at;):

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One Response to “little red car wreck: “i am all for filling the planet up to it’s ears with my child…””

  1. Anna said

    🙂 There’s a new Grocery Outlet in St. Johns! I think we’ll be shopping there a lot….

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