Song of the Day, December 18: Some New Highway by the Swimming Pool Q’s
December 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Today’s song is the centerpiece of an overlooked classic of 80s rock. The Swimming Pool Q’s formed around the potent musical vision of Jeff Calder. A talented musician with a southern gothic sensibility, he brought together a talent group of like-minded individuals. The Swimming Pool Q’s staked out unique territory in the growing Athens/Atlanta alt-rock scene, a sort of literate southern rock.
The band’s eponymous second album — their major label debut — is magnificent, a stunning collection of character sketches and musical short stories. Some New Highway is a travelling song, a scathing look at the growth of the mini-mall and the loss of the best parts of rural culture balanced with a hope that this destruction might also drive out the worst parts of that history. Singer Anne Richmond Boston delivers a passionate vocal as the band swirl and drive around her.
After one more album, A&M dropped the band and Boston went her own way. They Q’s gradually faded away, occasionally popping up around Atlanta. They reunited a couple of years ago, and the fire still burns bright. Enjoy this stunning live version of Some New Highway from 2014.