.

Oberhofer Beg to Be Heard in 'Earplugs' - Song Premiere

Brooklyn band tries to reach the emotionally isolated

April 1, 2013 8:00 AM ET
Oberhofer
Oberhofer
Andrew Swartz

Brad Oberhofer, frontman and founder of the Brooklyn-based band Oberhofer, offers up a heavy dose of emotional support in "Earplugs." The track is from the group’s upcoming album Notalgia, out April 23rd on Glassnote Records.

In the track, Oberhofer is clearly beseeching someone close. He repeatedly asks, "Can you hear me now?" in the fluid, catchy hook. The song is heavy on guitar and drums, and the lyrics are as emotionally transparent as the backing is rich.

"When people are addicted to drugs or depressed, they are often sucked into a world that makes it impossible to think beyond sadness or to absorb any emotional support from friends and family," Oberhofer tells Rolling Stone. "In the past few years, I've lost some friends to things like this. In those situations, there was nothing I could have said to help them. They couldn't have heard me if they'd tried."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com