Vents Magazine interviews Cry for Help

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Forever and A Day”? 

That was one of the last things written. The album is filled with a fair amount of anger and I felt it needed a love song.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? 

I saw Kenn Rowell perform at the Issyra Gallery in Hoboken and he was playing some interesting chord patterns on an acoustic guitar and a few days later I picked up a guitar and played something like I imagined he was playing. The melody came pretty fast.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics? 

Most was reactions to things happening in the world over the last four years in this nation of ours. There was also a memory of a rock band in my high school who played covers in the early 70s. GB&Co. is about them. “Come Back” is a melodrama of a love song while “Forever and A day” is grounded in real life romance.

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New Jersey Arts reviews Cry for Help's 2

     

      Opening track “Yellowed Pages” — a clever tune with an alternating ominous and carefree sound, and one of my favorites on the album — expresses Morrow’s “frustration with communication in the modern world,” he says. The song reminds me that long, satisfying phone conversations don’t compare with hollow, pithy texts.

      Morrow says he likes “the disembodied spirits that are part of an old-fashioned phone call.” In the context of the pandemic, our brief encounters, when the warmth of a smile is covered by masks, are as unremarkable as texting.

      Morrow sings, “Is that you on the line calling through space and time from a phone booth in the rain on the astral plane?” and references “all those names, streets and places rising from those yellowed pages,” ending cleverly with the line “Oh my God, I can’t stop talkin’/Let your fingers do the walkin’… like walking in the rain.”

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Look at My Records reviews album, 2's lead single

"Other Side of the Dream" by Cry for Help

     

      The four piece’s music embodies that jangly, brisk tempoed sound that set college radio ablaze in the mid-to-late 1980s. “Other Side of the Dream” fits in that mold, but with some key twists that add a little color and flair. Morrow’s voice is powerful and sharp right from the beginning, as the song steadily builds up to a pretty psychedelic riff that unfurls at the halfway mark. The introduction of synths and backing vocals adds a nice atmosphere to the track, which closes with an isolated rhythm guitar that’s punctuated by a hard drum fill. The lyrics seem to address the uncertainty of the current moment and the accompanying feelings of ambivalence about what the future has in store.  However, they also project confidence, as the final lyrics charts a path forward: “we got to find a way to the other side of the dream.”

Disciples of Sound reviews Cry for Help's 2

      The lead single “The Other Side of the Dream,” was newly remixed by Glenn’s old friend Chris Stamey of The dB’s and features backing vocals by North Carolina songwriter Rachel Keil. The song opens the record with splashes of ‘60s AM radio, power pop, and ‘70s glam-leaning rock that are sprinkled start to finish.

      Morrow’s vocals sit somewhere between Elvis Costello and Randy Newman and his band’s sound reminds me quite a bit of Joe Ely’s Love And Danger outfit. The music is clean and crisp with a fire that always seems like it’s on the fringe of unfurling. There are tons of hooks on this perfectly Ray Ketchem (Guided By Voices, Luna, Elk City) - produced record.

      Morrow has been running the Bar/None Records label since 1986, after it released music from his band Rage To Live and has managed to keep the label afloat through decades and this difficult modern era. 

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