Song Premiere: Lonesome Leash, “The Night Was Old”

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 08.20.14 in News

We first became familiar with The Lonesome Leash — the recording alias of Walt McClements — through his work on the second Hurray for the Riff Raff album Young Blood Blues. (When we spoke to Alynda Le Segarra for our feature on Hurray for the Riff Raff, she cited McClements support as invaluable during her early days as a musician.) But as “The Night Was Old,” recorded to coincide with McClements’ upcoming tour, demonstrates, his own songwriting is versatile, complex and breathtaking. Written in a single 20-minute burst of creativity, “one night between tours in a dingy Brooklyn practice space,” as McClements puts it, the song paints McClements as a desperate lover trying and failing to please his intended. The song is rousing and heartbreaking — near its conclusion, against the thump of an insistent bass drum and wheezing accordion, McClements says, “You asked me for a night/ well, I tried to give you my whole life/ now I’ll have nothing left to give anymore.” It’s the sound of suffering, written in vivid words.