We Were Pirates is one of my all-time favorite names for a band. Behind the name and the music is, more or less, one man. His name is Mike Boggs, and if he continues making music that is as addictive as his new LP, Change, he may find himself dropping his day job for a full-time stab at music. The new LP is that good.
Surfrhythm checked out We Were Pirates debut release, Cutting Ties a few years back, and Change is everything and more that a sophomore effort should be. There’s musical growth, maturity, and a clear cohesiveness throughout all ten tracks of Change.
We Were Pirates signature sound didn’t change for this release; Boggs has crafted smart, power-pop driven melodies. However, Change takes a bit of a turn from Cutting Ties, tackling more serious and urgent feelings about love, life and reality — and, of course, change. The sound on this work is less bright and poppy; delivering more prominent basslines that deftly support rangy guitar riffs that alternate between twang and fuzz, with keen breaks all-throughout.
That said, where Change really shines through is in the heart-wrenching openness and honesty of Boggs’ lyrics. As you may have guessed, the album’s theme is also its title. Simple concept — deep subject to explore, and Boggs doesn’t hide anything at all. Soul-bearing lyrics allow the listener into his life in a completely intentional way, even though he didn’t set out that way.
Boggs shared some personal insight about Change with SurfRhythm: “I didn’t set out to write a record about the concept of change. It just kind of happened organically. The idea of whether or not people are capable of making real and meaningful changes in their own lives is something I was thinking about at the time and that came out in the record. I’ve seen friends’ and loved ones’ relationships fail because someones’ partner expected them to change over time and they didn’t. And as I get older, though my main objective in life is to challenge myself and beliefs and my worldview, I feel more and more like the same confused person I was as a kid. Trying to make sense of life when life rarely makes sense to me.”
Change is a beautiful album that has quickly found its way into my regular rotation. Boggs was kind enough to let SurfRhythm stream a few tracks, so check it out and then go buy it.
Stream 4 tracks from Change: