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Foxing – “Lich Prince”

The date was August 10th 2018, and Nearer My God was at a critical juncture in its process of making a first impression upon me.  Opener “Grand Paradise” was shockingly off-the-wall, in a good way, but I wasn’t sure if it was an anomaly or a sign of even better things to come.  Then the more plodding “Slapstick” hit my ears, and I felt like it was unfortunately going to lean towards the former.  Even as the first couple minutes of “Lich Prince” passed by, I was unconvinced.  “Goddammit Rowan you overhyped this thing” I thought to my real-life self, not thinking about how weird that actually is, and then BAM!

I FEEL LIKE A HOOUUSE PLAAAAANT!!! *cue FUCKING EPIC guitar solo*

The rest is history.  The album continued and I fell in love with every minute of it; something I still credit to “Lich Prince”, as it hooked me right at the exact moment that I was on the brink of writing the whole thing off.  It’s weird how music works like that – sometimes our opinions of an entire piece can be molded by the timing of one song.  For me, “Lich Prince” was Nearer My God‘s savior, even though now I thoroughly enjoy every part of it, including the songs I once found boring or pointless.

Another thing I once found pointless were the lyrics to this song.  “I feel like a house plant”?  Really? But then I bothered myself to actually read the lyrics, and I connected with them on multiple levels.  The entire song is about feeling bottled up and ignored.  It’s an anthem for the overlooked, underpaid employee.  The friend-zoned guy who would treat her better than her deadbeat, abusing asswipe of a boyfriend.  The depressed soul who drifts in and out of every week, staring into the sky, cursing at God, and wondering why he was even plagued with this shitty existence.  “Lich Prince” is a bomb that slowly ticks away until it explodes.

Glued up
I feel so
Insulated
I feel desperate
I could wake up
But I won’t

That at-first comical line of I feel like a house plant then makes a whole lot more sense:  the Foxing frontman is saying that he feels like his existence is entirely passive.  People may walk by and look at him – but ultimately he’s just sitting there, waiting to die on a windowsill.  He feels as though the emotional connection that he shares with other people is not reciprocated, and that at best he’s merely being pitied and “taken care of” by those he feels boundless love towards.  It’s a pretty horrible feeling, so no wonder they shred their guitars like crazy for the better part of the song’s latter half, in what can only be cited as the first true Foxing guitar solo – and boy do they nail it.

It’s such a much sadder song than I ever realized upon initial inspection, lamenting a life of being put on the backburner while yearning for something more.  Again, it’s a pressure cooker.  I’ve never heard a more delightful psychotic break.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
05.16.19
This one was a long time coming.

Odal
05.16.19
Yeah, this one is a dinger for sure. I loved this album immediately but Lich Prince is the one I return to the most

SlothcoreSam
05.16.19
Catching these guys this weekend. Pumped! Good choice on the song BTW.

Gyromania
05.16.19
dude... lambert. five cups. grand paradise... i mean the only thing that's especially great about this is the guitar solo but come on man. COME ON

neekafat
05.16.19
Genuinely think this is one of the weaker tracks (Gameshark, Five Cups, or t/t for me) but this whole album is so amazing tjat I can't fault you for loving this one!

SowingSeason
05.16.19
@Gyro I legitimately love the entire song. Lambert was my 2nd choice though FWIW.

Thanks all!

Gyromania
05.16.19
Just noticed you also have 3WW and Palace in this playlist. All is forgiven!

SowingSeason
05.16.19
Lol glad we're still friends

furpa
05.17.19
Nha this song is for sure the best on the album. Hard agree again Sowing lol.

SowingSeason
05.17.19
Nice, furpa. That earth shattering solo is what hooked me at first and led me to really give the album more of a chance. At first I would have said Lambert was my favorite but over time I came to appreciate every facet of this track. The emotion is strong here, especially in that scream right before the solo. The lyrics are also deeper than they seem. Lots to like.

Slex
05.17.19
Grand Paradise has the 2nd best climax of the decade behind Everything Disappearing, solid pick tho

SowingSeason
05.17.19
Yeah Grand Paradise crossed my mind for this spot too (as did Gameshark for a second), but I think Lambert has them both beat as the runner up. The intro is chillingly gorgeous and it has a nice solo itself, my only gripe is that the song ends abruptly and seems like it should have led somewhere else.

Rowan5215
05.17.19
oh ye of little faith sowing ;)

Shamzus
05.17.19
Saw these guys live last week, if you ever get the chance don't hesitate

GreyShadow
05.17.19
Rory is my favorite but so many of their songs would have been great picks for this. I agree with the solo making the whole song. these lyrics ended up being some of my favorite of theirs after some time to read through them.

ConcubinaryCode
05.17.19
It'd be cool if we could directly make and share playlists publicly like this

dmathias52
05.17.19
I think Grand Paradise is my favorite from this, but Linch Prince is a close second. And I think Trapped in Dillard’s is super underrated too! My favorite 2018 album.

Chambered79
05.18.19
Good choice. Love the guitar and chorus

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