Art certainly imitated life, and vice versa, for OK Go frontman Damian Kulash on "The Writing's On the Wall," the first single from the California alt.rock group's upcoming album, "Hungry Ghosts."
Kulash built the song from a demo by bassist Tim Nordwind and chose to relate it to his bandmate's life. "He's just gone through a really bad breakup," recalls Kulash, 39, "so I tried to write the song from his perspective and what t's like at the end of a relationship. I tried to inhabit the character of Tim and write from there.
"A couple of weeks after we finished that (song), my wife, out of the blue, left. I was like, 'Omigod, I didn't realize it. I didn't even know I was writing about my own relationship. That was an unexpected twist."
But, Kulash adds, the song and the entire "Hungry Ghosts" album, which comes out October 14, are a bit of silver lining to that cloud.
"There is a great deal of healing in making the music, a great deal of healing in playing the music," he says. "There's a great deal of pain, too. But that song is also really joyous in a way, melancholy joy. It's saying, 'I can see this coming to an end, but can't we have one last, beautiful moment together.'
"And in some way, when we play that song on stage and there's confetti everywhere and the crowd's going nuts, I feel like I'm doing it. We're having this one last moment there. She might not give a s*** at the moment, but I'm enjoying it."
As is routine for OK Go, the video for "The Writing's on the Wall" became a viral sensation with more than seven million views on YouTube that helped vault it into the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The dark cloud to that silver lining, however -- OK Go feels Apple appropriated its imagery for its iPhone 6 announcement after turning down the band's request for funding for the video and hired the same director and production company. OK Go is currently considering legal action.
Sunday, Oct. 12. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show.
Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com
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