Photo Credit: All People
New Orleans outfit All People are ready to say goodbye in the form of their forthcoming LP Do This Again Tomorrow. For the band, this record wasn’t one developed quickly or easily, but instead evolved over the years and is a testament to the ebbs and flows of being human. They used this release as an opportunity to explore how they’ve interacted with heavier topics such as depression, anxiety, the search for acceptance and identity.
There are things that we all hide, struggle and confront, sometimes alone and sometimes with others, but it all comes out eventually in some form. In each of the tracks, you can hear the emotion, chagrin and resolve.
Do This Again Tomorrow arrives this Friday, April 26th via Community Records and we are honored to host the album premiere today! Read on as bandmates Daniel Ray and Greg Rodrigue simultaneously break down the album and reminisce about the band’s journey.
1. “LET’S DO THIS AGAIN TOMORROW” – This was the last song we wrote for the record. It came together fairly quickly at our final writing session at Greg’s parents’ house, deep in the woods of Mississippi. The lyrics are quite literally based on that time period and feeling. Unlike other lyrics on the record, we had recently discussed that this would be our final release as All People. No better way to describe it than bittersweet: we were having the best time together, writing music like we have been for so long, but knew that it might be a long time before we were back here again.
2. “DREAM OF LOVE” – These lyrics are about that crippling fear of telling someone close to you how you’re feeling about something…could be anything really, big or small. When you put that information out there, all you want is someone there with you to listen and help you figure out how to move forward with this new knowledge. If you continuously bottle up feelings, conjure up these horror show scenarios of reactions and abandonment, the acceptance you seek can also only exist in this dream state.
3. “SHATTERED SYMBOL” – I started thinking of this as All People’s sort of “anthem” here at the end of our long run. It’s about losing your way while on the path to a goal, but learning to be alright with the present outcome because maybe that goal wasn’t ever where you were supposed to end up anyway. But we’ve made it to an end. A very fantastic fairytale ending by many bands standards. And no matter what, we will always be the ones to make summer last.
4. “STAY HERE” – Is dedicated to the memory of our good friend Chance Briant. Chance was a genuine, talented, and kind human being. He struggled with mental health and in a moment of darkness took his own life. The lyrics were written not just for him, but for anyone who has lost a person in their lives to a similar situation. It’s also an encouragement to anyone who hears it to stay strong, as well as a reminder to myself to do the same. The ideas in the song were influenced by my relationship with another good friend who I had lost, and by the book “Stay“ written by Jennifer Michael Hecht.
5. “BUT THEN AGAIN WHAT IS?” – These lyrics were written on tour while driving the veggie oil van. It was one of the first times I followed the thought to document prose as soon as it came to me. I would even say it was the influencer for the pattern of the rest of my lyrics on this record. These lyrics sort of encapsulate the mindset I often found myself in over the last few years of DIY touring. Although I was surrounded by my best friends, “living the dream,” I was still feeling the weight of existential isolation. Trapped in a box on wheels that is constantly moving forward for hours a day, day after day, can leave you feeling less than sane. Searching for a higher meaning and a life that would leave one feeling balanced, you wonder if “normal” life exists. It’s so weird down here on Earth. Everything, even the dirt beneath my feet, reminds me of loved ones who have passed. Accepting that one day life will end, leaves me feeling inherently dead already. Moving forward toward death, one day at a time, a symbiotic relationship turned parasitic regarding humans and Earth.
6. “HARBOR” – As the opening line of this song suggests, I harbor a lot of embarrassment regarding my privilege. It’s mainly rooted in the actions of the cis white male patriarchy of past and present history, but I am aware that I am not perfect when it comes to uplifting non-cis white males and it is something that requires constant attention. I’m working on making less excuses and taking more action and having difficult conversations everyday. The freedom of choice to speak up or stay silent on matters of human rights is in itself one of the most glaring examples of privilege. At the end of the song, a metaphor is presented comparing bottling up these thoughts and conversations to swimming to the bottom of the ocean, digging a hole and suffocating the progress of human rights.
7. “CHESTPLATE” – Acknowledging the fluidity of gender within oneself.
8. “GIVE UP” – I wrote these lyrics a day or two after an intense panic attack I had. It was one of numerous that I’ve experienced over the years. I struggle with an element of anxiety called “Depersonalization”. When I have panic attacks, I entirely lose my sense of self. The emotion of the song is directed towards knowing that if I don’t change my approach to dealing with anxiety, it will inevitably get the absolute best of me. I can’t repeat the same tactics and expect different results. For those that know me well, they have seen it’s a daily struggle that manifests within me a spiderweb of fears. I know I’m not alone in this challenge, and I hope that the song can create interconnection. The song is a resignation to change my own internal mental dialog for the positive.
9. “BOGNOR REGIS” – These lyrics were written in the depths of a pretty intense moment of suicidal depression. No real way around it or way to sugar coat it. That’s what it was. I rarely have these days anymore, but I’m glad I documented this moment so I know exactly what I was feeling. I was to the point of asking God for help which is something I hadn’t remotely put any faith into since before my grandfather died when I was very young. I wanted it to end so badly…and it did. Just not in the form I thought I wanted. I was given a reprieve from my sadness by recognizing that we all go through these patches one way or another. I’ve learned to view life as an ocean; there are waves and troughs. I arrived there by commiserating with my partner and realizing sometimes we have to be strong for others just like we need them to be strong for us.
10. “KNOW FOR NOW” – I tipsily typed these lyrics out on my phone on a bus in Peru just days after proposing to my best friend. At that moment, I could see “a few couples of me” seated around us: our longtime friends and traveling companions. Aisa and I are the “engaged,” Paul and Brooke were “just wed,” Dustin and Whitney had “been married,” and then there was the unknown elderly couple whose hair had “turned from colored to grey.” After searching for love my entire life, now that I’ve found it, I want to give that person more than a ring, I want to give them every bit of my world and I want to share every aspect of their world.
Stream Do This Again Tomorrow below and you can pre-order the record here. Be sure to not miss All People’s release show in New Orleans on May 4th at Gasa Gasa.