People in General’s latest single was recorded entirely in bassist/keyboardist Matan Birnbaum’s basement. Although the decision was made due to COVID-19 precautions, the vibe of the subterranean space seems to have seeped into the mood of the track. “Take It or Leave It” sounds like being half-drunk at a DIY basement show with an arm around someone you’ve just met – and the accompanying video (which premieres today via BandWagon, below) brings us deeper into the idea of relationships, introducing us to the rabbit hole of imagination People In General have in their arsenal.
Skittering hi-hat eighth notes and a decidedly cheerful chord progression contrast with Abraham Dashnaw’s lilting vocals here, and though it was recorded and mixed in a basement, the production is crisp and inviting. So too, is the can-do production and direction of the video by local film team Wasteland of Wonder.
The song isn’t quite about unrequited love — Dashnaw’s lyrical muse is just apathetic to their burning passion. “Love was give or take,” they sing, “seems like you’ll take it or leave it.” And as seen in the track’s video visualization, it may indeed be more fist-fight than fickle fondness.
Now a 4 piece, after adding 22 year-old bassist Ben Eberle, People In General head straight into 2021 swinging. Watch “Take It Or Leave It” below and catch more at peopleingeneralband.com