Track This: Simone Felice's "Our Lady of the Gun"
Felice has an ear for quiet melodies and poetic phrases -- worn vocal exercises mingle with catchy harmony vocals. "Our Lady of the Gun" from 2014's revelatory Strangers catches him at full strength, sounding like the understated, yet equally tragic, sister song to The Felice Brother's "Frankie's Gun!" The song is stark and melancholic, yet clear and well-defined. Felice sings, "there's a stranger in the classroom / did Jesus leave us in the pale winter sun? / man, you should have seen us / seen how we run / our lady of the gun." The bass drum creates a call and response with Felice's acoustic guitar as he tells the story of what appears to be another tragic school shooting.
The song contains another of Felice's trademark anthemic choruses, but asks hard questions. Felice has created another poignant classic that merges the intimate with the universal. Felice creates songs that stick in your head melodically, but also make you think. He combines the literary with the heartfelt.