Single Review: Washington Irving – We Are All Going To Die

Posted by Greg Murray


We Are All Going To Die is the candid title of Washington Irving’s newest single, and the very immediate tiding of the song is one of bombastic hope, i.e. you’re not going to be here forever, so be sure to do some cool things.

The energy the band have gathered having spent two years away writing is palpable.  One of the trickiest things about composing music is weaving in honest and genuine emotion, but the Oban group’s new single covers this base with ease.

We Are All Going To Die was recorded in New York and its message of connecting with other humans is sewn into its climax.  Along with twenty new friends, Washington Irving sing joyously (and drunkenly) about our collective, impending demise.

The noisier, riffs-a-plenty sound of this release juts against the darker, folk aspects of their previous material.  The only thing to suggest Scottishness in fact is the accent and I don’t think this is at all a bad thing.

With We Are All Going To Die, Washington Irving are a band addressing the need for new experiences, and it seems that they’ve absolutely been practising what they preach.

Washinton IrvingWe Are All Going To Die will be released on Tuesday 6th November via their own Naked Empire Records and will be available on digital download here.  The band play Stereo, Glasgow on Friday 13th November.

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