Bombadil, ‘Amy’s Friend’ – Exclusive Premiere
With the re-release of 'Tarpits and Canyonlands' on vinyl this year, Bombadil have been a constant in our ever-changing playlist. Needless to say, when news came that they began work on a brand-new full-length album, we got a little excited.
That makes today (Nov. 5) a very special day as we celebrate and debut the latest studio track from the North Carolina indie folk outfit, 'Amy's Friend.' Listen to it below.
The song might be one of the catchiest tunes we've heard in a long time; from the ethereal musical arrangements to the beautifully mesmerizing chorus, we were instantly hooked, and we're sure you will be, too.
"Almost all Bombadil songs are true stories," Daniel Michalak tells us about 'Amy's Friend.' "We don't really like making stuff up, so when you listen to this, realize it's based in truth."
So where does the true story come from?
"Well, the backstory is a little long. It's our fourth guy that had the initial idea for the song, Bryan [Rahija]. He started in the band with us in 2005 but stopped touring in 2012," Michalak explains. "He brought the idea to the band, he had the verses done and a few words and brought it to Stuart [Robinson]. He and Stuart did the chorus together and then they brought it to me to work on. That was the songwriting process. And Amy, she's a real person. Bryan was in business school at the time and was on a trip and saw that this girl was unhappy. He didn't seem like he could talk to her about it, so he turned it into a song instead."
The new album, which is expected to hit store shelves in 2015, features 11 new tracks in addition to 'Amy's Friend.' "Records just kind of come together, it's really our first favorite 12 songs at the moment," Michalak tells us about the new LP. "For all of our records, that's how it's been. We're all the same age, so we go through life at the same time, experiencing the same things at the same times -- marriage, love, friendship, death. We all write, so those experiences just turn into songs and those songs turn into the record."
As for Michalak -- who experienced significant physical pain in his arms and hands before recording 'Tarpits and Canyonlands' that led to the record not receiving a proper release -- he's doing much better. "Overall, spirits are very high and my health is great," he says. "We're all excited to be able to play music for a living and share our music with others. I have to be careful about things with my arms, like driving, cutting grass, and obviously limiting the number of shows we play. Right now, though, we max out around 120 or 140 shows a year, which is plenty to make a living along with the records."
Bombadil have shows scheduled through the rest of the year. Stay up-to-date with all of their happenings -- including the latest on their upcoming record -- at their official website here.