Exclusive Download: Shudder to Think Live!

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Shudder to Think, circa 1998
WRITTEN BY
William Goodman

Last fall, revered post-hardcore band Shudder to Think reunited for their first tour since breaking up in 1998. If you missed the shows, don't fret -- the band recorded their gigs and compiled the best takes on Live From Home, Shudder's new live album out Sept. 15!

One of album's best tracks is "Hit Liquor," a menacing rocker from their career-defining 1994 release, Pony Express Record. Over four unhinged minutes, frontman Craig Wedren tells an abstract story about a mysterious girl in mysterious circumstances.

"It all connects up in a Rubik's Cube kind of a way," Wedren says of the song, which was originally written in 1993 with guitarist Nathan Larson. "It's playful, mischievous, sexual, dark, and unsettling. Is the subject dead? Or just asleep? Will she come to my woozy party? There will be kissing and licking. There's also a Geisha-like formality to it, a seduction dance."

He adds: "I think of 'Hit Liquor' as a ViewMaster reel. We supply the pictures, you supply the meaning."

These days Wedren is staying busy writing music for TV shows, including HBO's new series Hung. He also covered Prince's "Baby, I'm a Star" for SPIN's July issue tribute to the Purple One. Larson, meanwhile, performs as a member of A-Camp alongside his wife, Cardigans singer Nina Persson.

Download "Hit Liquor" below.

LISTEN: Shudder to Think, "Hit Liquor"(DOWNLOAD MP3)

Live From Home tracklisting:
1. Dialogue
2. "Red House"
3. "Shake Your Halo Down"
4. Dialogue
5. "Hit Liquor"
6. "Love Catastrophe"
7. "Lies About the Sky"
8. "Jade Dust Eyes"
9. "Gang of $"
10. "She Wears He-Harem"
11. "Rag"
12. "Pebbles"
13. "9 Fingers on You"
14. "No. Rm 9 Kentucky"
15. "Call of the Playground"
16. "Chocolate"
17. "X-French Tee Shirt"
18. Dialogue
19. "About Three Dreams"
20. Dialogue
21. "Day Ditty"

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