The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
January 10th, 2014
I am a big sucker for anything related to myth. Give me a rip-off of Greek and Roman mythology (yes, Mr. Riordan, that is you) and I will swallow it like an Aspirin. That’s probably why this song coming from one of bands with the longest name in the world (48 characters, excluding spaces–the record holder is The Rock and Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Co. of Philadelphia – 19141 with 58 characters) can be digested easily. I am not fan of emo song, but well, “January 10th, 2014” is really unique and magically it gives me some kind of random tranquility.
Inspired by a true story in Ciudad Juarez about a female Mexican vigilante who hunted the male bus drivers who killed and abused the sole female passenger, she is depicted as Diana in this song. This is, of course, with a particular reason. On her letters to justify her killings, she regards herself as “Diana, the hunter of drivers”. Which is remarkably amazing and creepy and badass at the same time. Well, if Diana–the Apollo’s sister–used to hunt for animals and protect the moon whatsoever, this modern Diana is like a female Robin Hood. But, much much more dangerous.
“January 10th, 2014” tries to capture the retaliation of modern Diana in this song as shown in the video. But what I like the most about the song is the “conversation” between Bello and Shanholtzer-Dvorak. As Shanholtzer-Dvorak portrays Diana and Bello as the man who is being hunted, I feel their conversation and interaction is really intriguing. It’s like you are being chased by fierce female hunters, and yet you still manage to have a casual talk with your killer. “Are you afraid of me now?” Shanholtzer-Dvorak sings, and Bello replies, “Well, yeah. Shouldn’t I be?” I find this is cool and awesome.
“January 10th, 2014” is the lead single from The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die’s sophomore album, Harmlessness.
*Review Wednesday is a song article which will be posted every Wednesdays (hopefully) regularly. It talks about the stand-out songs that I listen this week. Hope you enjoy it.*