I’ll bring the book and you’ll give it a title
I think it’s about time we give some props to Sean Moore. Not only is he a great drummer with a sense of style as well as having a wonderfully dry and sardonic wit, the man’s a great songwriter.
Not many are mentioned, but it’s known that Sean contributes quite a bit to the band’s back catalogue and not just in the terms of drumming. Welcome to the Dead Zone for example has been described by the band as Sean’s track. Sean boy, you’ve just created one of the greatest songs of the SATT era. If not the very greatest.
Let’s forget the few lyrical missteps (although the majority of the lyrics are quite good), Welcome to the Dead Zone is pure gold in every other way. At the same time both personal and downstated as well as epic, this wonderful chilled anthem surrounds itself with glistening guitar lines while James shows why he’s one of the best vocalists around. Oooh, and that wonderful one-note piano glimmer before the chorus – a stupidly simple musical detail used right at its finest. There is something very beautiful and pure in this song.
To be honest, even if you overlook my distorted sense of great singles, Welcome to the Dead Zone would have been the sort of massive hit song the band were looking for during Send Away the Tigers. And then it got relocated as a b-side. Uh.