Jason McCue - Even Though

Song of the Day
Hosted by Kevin Cole
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Kevin Cole, host of The Afternoon Show on KEXP, is "Even Though" by Jason McCue, from the 2019 album Wasteland on Fluff and Gravy Records.
photo by jim bennett (view set)
written by Janice Headley

Even though the seed was planted years ago,
There’s nothing coming
Out of the dirt, only dust and ash

Earlier this year, Seattle singer-songwriter Jason McCue released his third full-length WASTELAND, a collection of songs inspired by a nationwide tour he embarked on after the release of 2018's PANGAEA (Fluff and Gravy Records). After graduating from Seattle University with an Environmental Studies degree, he packed up his Toyota Corolla with his guitar, a sleeping bag, and a baseball bat he named “The Convincer.” And as he huddled up on the sides of highways for sleep, or barrelled his car through the smoke of the summer's forest fires, he began to ponder "what it means to be an adult in America," resulting in this latest LP. 

In an interview with American Standard Time, he shares the genesis of today's featured track:

“Even Though” is meant to launch the album in a gritty way that introduces many of the recurring themes of the album: the plastic garden, accumulation, and imagery of the wasteland in general. It’s one of the heaviest song I’ve recorded, and presents much of the contradiction present in the album’s musicality. The lyrics are supposed to highlight the expectations and realities of growing up into an adult in 21st Century America.”

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