This brand new track from Eric Elbogen, who records as Say Hi, couldn't have arrived at a more appropriate time: Anchored by an icy lead guitar riff and a chorus that longs for winter's end, "November Was White, December Was Grey" is what's playing in Mother Nature's iPod this weekend as she tightens her frigid grip on much of America. If you still have feeling in your fingers, click here to download this excellent song from Say Hi's sixth studio album, Oohs & Aahs, out March 3.
Seattle-based Elbogen tells SPIN.com that the song reflects the feeling of isolation winter can bring: "The overwhelming percentage of the year I spend cooped up writing records definitely comes with some cabin fever. And this song is mostly about that."
What's more, says Elbogen, "The title of the record came from this song, specifically the oohs that the backing vocal sings halfway through the first verse. That made me think of the abundance of oohs and aahs I sing throughout the record."
He admits one concern about the track: performing it onstage. "There's a lot of lead guitar going on at the same time as the vocals, which is something I haven't done before on the records," he says. "We'll see how that turns out when I try to play it live."
Fans won't have to wait too long for that chance: Say Hi will hit the road March 6. Check out the tour dates below.
Listen: Say Hi, "November Was White, December Was Grey"(DOWNLOAD MP3)
Tour dates for Say Hi:
3/6, Seattle, WA (Neumo's)
3/12, San Francisco, CA (Bottom of the Hill)
3/13, Los Angeles, CA (Echo)
3/14, Las Vegas, NV (Beauty Bar)
3/15, Tucson, AZ (Plush)
3/22, Memphis, TN (Hi-Tone Cafe)
3/23, Nashville, TN (End)
3/24, Atlanta, GA (Drunken Unicorn)
3/25, Richmond, VA (Plaza "Duckpin" Bowl)
3/26, Washington, DC (Black Cat)
3/27, Philadelphia, PA (Johnny Brenda's)
3/28, Brooklyn, NY (Bell House)
3/29, New York, NY (Mercury Lounge)
3/30, Cambridge, MA (Middle East Upstairs)
4/2, Columbus, OH (Circus)
4/3, Chicago, IL (Beat Kitchen)
4/4, Minneapolis, MN (7th Street Entry)
4/5, Omaha, NE (Slowdown)
4/6, Denver, CO (Hi-Dive)
4/7, Salt Lake City, UT (Kilby Court)
4/8, Boise, ID (Neurolux)