Stop Die Resuscitate, Midnight Romance Blood
From the album The Gloom.
FYI The really weird intro is like a minute long, feel free to skim ahead
Given that everyone in Toronto feels like fish en papillote when stepping outside in Toronto, I decided to post one of a few different versions of my favourite song that we recorded “Midnight Romance Blood” for the Gloom. I wrote this when I lived in an apartment in Parkdale that overlooked one of highest trafficking areas in the neighbourhood; so much happened while I lived there.
The first week moving in a dude whipped out his dick for the world to see. I woke up to gunshots within a month of living there (no one was hurt). There were two heartbreaking murders, and a man well known in the neighbourhood was sadly, hit and killed by a fire truck, right outside my window. I saw a HUGE drug bust with undercovers and a snatch and grab van. I witnessed a man try to convince his wife to come back to their family and to stop working the street. I saw a young kid whip around a corner and knock a full grown man out for money owed while I was ordering fish and chips.
The exact years that I saw and heard about all of these things kind of melt together, but somewhere in the middle of it all, on a brutally hot night or two I wrote this at my window (CLICHÉ I know, I know!).
The places that familiarized me with who was who in a parallel world; the runners, the users, the subsistence dealers, the suburban suppliers in luxury vehicles; Jimmy’s Tavern (?), the other place that’s now Mother India (the name escapes me right now), Jerry’s Fish & Chips, they’re are all gone now. I kind of miss them, I kind of don’t.
DOWNLOAD: Midnight Romance Blood
BONUS: The hombre vitaminsforyou did an incredible reimagineering (for real, not just a remix) of the track, which you can download/listen to here.