“Can I Leave Me Too?” is out on Harvest Records
Heartbroken or not, The Greeting Committee‘s new song “Can I Leave Me Too?” will hit you right in the soul. While the fuzzy indie soundscape is perfect for sunny summer road trips, the lyrics give the captivating track deep, thoughtful meaning for pensive times alone and rainy days.
On the Kansas City-based band’s first single in two years, the nuance of separation is pinpointed with painful precision. As highlighted, it’s about small moments, like possibly seeing an ex drive-by or seeing their exact car 1,000x in a day.
“My girlfriend drives a Nissan Rogue, and after we broke up I felt like I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing that car,” says frontwoman Addie Sartino. “I remember thinking, ‘there’s no way there are this many Nissan Rogues in Kansas City’ — but I think that’s a pretty universal thing to have happen when you’re going through a breakup.”
Beyond the song’s opening observation, much of the release masterfully dances around the song’s title, with Addie singing, “If you leave me, can I leave me too?/I’m afraid that I might need you.” A powerfully poignant hook further demonstrating the lyrical gem TGC has on its hands.
What started as a demo by bassist Pierce Turcotte landed with producer Jennifer Decilveo (MARINA, FLETCHER) and was mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips). Watch the music video which depicts the essence of being heartbroken and going through the hazy motions of life out of pure necessity.
Co-directed by Sartino and Malik Lemonthe, the video for “Can I Leave Me Too?” heightens the dizzying beauty, lush textures, and emotive words that pour out from Sartino, leading to the kind of visual MTV would’ve played to no end in an earlier era.
Fresh off an appearance on Netflix’s To All the Boys: Always and Forever, along with three of their songs on the soundtrack, The Greeting Committee – compromised of Addie Sartino, Brandon Yangmi, Pierce Turcotte and Austin Fraser – returns with the first follow up to 2019s EP, I’m Afraid I’m Not Angry, and 2018 debut album, This Is It. First hitting the scene as hungry independent artists, the band soared into prominence with the track “Hands Down” in 2015.
After debuting on Harvest with their EP, Meeting People Is Easy, in 2017 and 2018 album, the band spent much of the next few years on the road, with sold-out headline shows in Chicago, Austin, New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis. To date, they’ve toured with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Tennis, Hippo Campus, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise and taken the stage at leading festivals like Lollapalooza and SXSW. See more on Soundazed.