MC’s Song Of The Week #3: “Handlebars” by Flobots

Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and for the third edition of “Song of The Week”, I decided to talk about the underrated classic “Handlebars”.

Oddly enough, my first experience with this song was on Guitar Hero.  I played it once and I loved it instantly (it also helped that it was one of the easier songs in the game)!  I hadn’t listened to this song in a while, though.  But, recently, it came up on a playlist I was listening to and I remembered how good it was.  I also saw one of my fellow bloggers steveforthedeaf talk about it (I wasn’t able to find the exact post to link it in here, but you should check him out anyways), so I became motivated to talk about this track.

Many songs have tackled the theme of absolute power leading to corruption, but Flobots might have done it the best with this golden track.  The singer starts off by rapping about some of his small accomplishments which he is proud of, like making a comic book, deconstructing a remote, and–of course–riding a bike with no handlebars.  The singer eventually goes on to accomplish bigger things, like making a business and becoming a national leader, and the listener can tell in his vocal inflections that his pride is slowly turning into greed.  By the last verse, the power the singer has earned has corrupted him, and the caring boy at the beginning of the song has turned into a monster bent only on gaining more power, not considering how many lives he has ruined.  After the track ends on an apparent holocaust, the chorus comes back in with a soft guitar, transforming the once-wistful hook into a regretful turning point that drove the singer to insanity.  It’s easy to tell that Flobots was very meticulous when making this song because every note feels like it has a purpose.  Jamie Laurie is a perfect singer for this track, as he pristinely encapsulates the innocence of the boy in the beginning and the corruption of the man in the end.  The instrumentals help set the tone of the track, as they start off laidback but turn into harder rock to match the aggression of the end.  This song was famous at one time, but if you haven’t heard it yet, I would highly recommend it.

Thank you for reading my third “Song Of The Week”!  If you liked this post, make sure to follow my website, Twitter, and Instagram, like this post, and be sure to check in soon for future content.  Also, if you have something you want to see me review, tell me in the comments.  Until then, keep on listening to good music! I know I will.

 

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