“The songs on The Believer are about sex, war, love and death . . . but mostly sex,” says Rhett Miller, about his new album, due in February 2006.
The Old 97's frontman talked about the title track, and it's relation with Elliott Smith.
“I wrote it in New York City the day he died,” he says. “It really hit home for me. I met him and spent some time with him during his last years. My first date with my wife was seeing Elliott play at the Royal Albert Hall, and his drummer Scott McPherson ended up playing with me on the tour for The Instigator. I had a pretty serious suicide attempt when I was 14 years old, and I've always wrestled with that impulse, as do a lot of people in my line of work. I don't know if the song is all about Elliott; maybe it's about me at 14, I'm not exactly sure. But the song's kind of saying thanks for doing the good work you did, and I understand that you were doing your best.”
This album is supposed to be more introspective, as Miller calls it, a cross between George Gershwin doing T. Rex's "The Slider."
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