For this Special DOC III Edition of Making Meaning, we’re talking with Mike Vickers of Leather Lung!
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MAKING MEANING: THE BACKGROUND
Leather Lung blends 90’s Sludge, Outlaw Country and Delta Blues to create their unique form of Stoner Rock. They’re from Boston, Massachusetts.
Leather Lung is: Ben (drums), Jesse (bass, backing vocals), Mike (vocals), and Zach (guitar, backing vocals).
MAKING MEANING: THE SONG
Listen to the song “Ain’t Feelin’ No Pain” from Leather Lung’s album Lonesome, On’ry, and Evil and learn what meaning Mike makes:
“Ain’t Feelin’ No Pain” was written and performed by Leather Lung, and recorded and produced by Chris Johnson at God City.
Lyrics to “Ain’t Feelin’ No Pain”
Ain’t – Feelin’ – No – Pain
Passed out on the floor… / An just a few feet from my front door… / Who knows, how the hell did I make it home?
Oh no – ain’t feelin no pain / Cause ya keep on drinkin’ like nothings changed / I said no – oh no – ain’t feelin no pain / Can’t help but wonder if your drunk or just deranged
Going insane but I ain’t feelin’ no pain!
Singin’ the barroom blues / Spent most my money on reefer and booze / I’d rather be broke and high then to deal with you
And it’s a fucking shame / That all you want is things to stay the same / We can’t go on much longer living this way
Oh no– ain’t feelin no pain / Cause ya keep on drinkin like nothings changed / I said no – oh no – ain’t feelin no pain
Can’t help but wonder if your drunk or just deranged
Going insane but I ain’t feelin’ no pain!
Ain’t feelin’ no pain / Ain’t feelin’ no pain / Ain’t feelin’ no pain / Ain’t feein’ no….
Lately I been staring into my glass / like I’m staring into my grave / I’ve been tearing myself apart / so there ain’t nothin’ left to save
I hear the devil calling out my name / cause he’s coming to collect his fee… / I hear the devil calling out your name / cause he’s coming to collect his fee… / I hear the devil calling out our names… / cause he knows that you been hanging with me… / See all these spirits took my pain away… / but it’s not angels looking over me… / over me… over me… / straight to hell where I’ll never break free!
Gave you all my nights / Lost yourself under neon lights / Another beer – Another shot – Gettin’ drunk’s all we got!
Dive bars and loud guitars / Taking pride in all these scars / Carve “Rowdy” on my stone – Only way I’ve ever known!
Forever rowdy – Only way I’ve ever known! / Forever rowdy – Only way I’ve ever known! / One more time… / Ain’t feelin no pain!
“Ain’t Feelin’ No Pain” is an ode to some of outlaw country’s best drinking songs. Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and George Jones have all written songs about the foolhardy idea that alcohol can take your pain away.
“That duality is the spirit of those classic songs, and that’s what we tried to capture in our personal rendition.” – Mike Vickers of Leather Lung on their song “Ain’t Feelin’ No Pain”
This song was written with that same sentiment in mind. Heavy drinking has led us to hardships but it has also led us to some down-right rowdy good times. That duality is the spirit of those classic songs, and that’s what we tried to capture in our personal rendition.
DESCENDANTS OF CROM III
We talked to Mike about playing at Descendants of Crom III. The Third Annual Descendants of Crom heavy music festival takes place in Pittsburgh, PA September 20 – 22, 2019.
How do you feel about playing DOC III?
We are extremely excited to play Pittsburgh for our first time. We feel extremely fortunate to play for new crowds.
What can the audience expect from your performance?
Rowdy as hell, heavy metal that makes you want to move your feet.
What other bands are you excited to see perform?
[This interview occurred before ASG and Black Pyramid had to drop off!]
What else do you want readers to know?
We are so incredibly appreciative to anyone willing to come out and support Leather Lung. We just want to see people move along and enjoy the set as much as we do playing it.
Thanks so much to Mike of Leather Lung for talking with us about their song “Ain’t Feelin’ No Pain” and Descendants of Crom III! We hope this adds to your experience of their band, their song, and their performance. Thanks for making meaning with us.
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