I am definitely all in favor of rave-ups from Seattle kid pop-punk masters The Not-Its!, but just like you sometimes want an apple instead of ice cream (or vice versa), the more tender songs on Not-Its albums are pleasant changes of pace. (Or tempo, sometimes.)
That’s the case with this track, “Heading Home.” It’s off their latest album Ready or Not!, and it’s a tender, mostly acoustic, exploration of a kid’s experience flying in a plane without their adults around. It’s inspired by the experiences of the band members’ kids, and the wide-eyed innocence of the song’s narrator is matched by the openness of the animations from animators Chris Looney, Clyde Petersen and Rhys O'Brien. You might even feel a touch of recognition thinking about your own solo travels, though it’s been some time since I’ve received a plastic set of airplane wings…
Anyway, I’m pleased as punch to present the world premiere of this video.
The Not-Its! - “Heading Home” [YouTube]
Photo credit: Symphony Space