The Horror Honeys: Sci-Friday Jam ~ ‘We Will Become Silhouettes’

Sci-Friday Jam ~ ‘We Will Become Silhouettes’

All the news reports recommended that I stay indoors 
Because the air outside will make 
Our cells divide at an alarming rate 
Until our shells simply cannot hold all our insides in,

And that's when we'll explode
(and it won't be a pretty sight)
And we'll become 

Silhouettes when our bodies finally go

Don’t let the upbeat pop-electronica sounds of this song fool you: there’s some extremely depressing shit happening lyrically in The Postal Service’s 2005 single “We Will Become Silhouettes.” A collaboration between alt-rock singer/songwriter Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), indie rock goddess Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) and DJ Jimmy Tamborello, The Postal Service released only one album more than a decade ago before splitting up to resume other musical side projects, but their platinum-certified Give Up still reverberates in college dorm rooms and coffee shops around the globe. Laid over cheery keyboards and a peppy drum machine beat, Gibbard’s vocals tell the story of a man entombed in a fallout shelter after a hellish nuclear catastrophe makes the earth uninhabitable. As he descends into madness (“I'm screaming at the top of my lungs / pretending the echoes belong to someone”), the narrator paints a portrait not dissimilar to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, where shadows left behind by those victims leave “silhouettes” in this song. The next time you snap your fingers to this deceptively cheerful melody, think about its chilling depiction of the end of humanity – and you might be inclined to change your tune. ~ Sci-Fi Honey