Agonies of the heart take center stage in the band’s emotionally charged new track.
If you’re planning on spending your Wednesday night in a sad-girl pit of despair, we suggest you do it to the sound of San Fermin’s “Tired of Loving You.” A sweet-sounding pop tune that ushers in melodic verses and a tortured romance-centric narrative, the pop group have served you the ultimate heartache anthem today, and it’s one you won’t be able to. remove from repetition.
“I actually started writing a love song, which I rarely do,” the collective explains. “It was called ‘I won’t get tired of loving you’. But I showed it to Allen and he didn’t buy it. We ended up getting rid of the ‘customs’ and it became a lot more raw and heartfelt. It’s about falling in love with someone and not knowing why, which is one of those deeply sad things that you can never really explain. There’s a lyric about the end which sums up in a way, ‘it’s not because I’m empty that I have room’.
Upon the release of the new track, the band took the time to chat with Wonderland about the heart of “Tired of Loving You” and the New York influence. Head below to enjoy our conversation with San Fermin…
What is the inspiration behind “Tired of Loving You”, what do you want your fans to take away from this single? What does this mean for you personally?
I set out to write a love song actually, which I rarely do. It was called “I will never get tired of loving you”. But I showed it to Allen and he didn’t buy it. We ended up getting rid of the “don’t want” and it became much rawer and more sincere. It’s about falling in love with someone and not knowing why, which is one of those deeply sad things that you can never really explain. There’s a lyric near the end that sort of sums it up, “just because I’m empty doesn’t mean I have room.”
How does it differ from your previous work?
These were the first San Fermin songs that Allen produced, in addition to singing, so he really shaped the sound. When we started talking about these new songs, he challenged me to write more directly, rely less on arrangement and focus more on the bones of the song, just saying what you meant. I think he made me sit in front of a piano and write them, which I normally write on my computer with a bunch of software instruments and stuff. But it’s a new direction, more classic songs, a little more austere.
Can you tell us a bit more about your songwriting process? And what do you think makes a good song?
I think good music comes from conflict. There’s this thing, “you sing it when you can’t say it”, which is cliché but I think it’s kind of true… for me, the impulse to write always comes from being pulled strongly into two different directions about something. I write the music because it’s the only way to resolve this conflict.
How has NYC influenced the music you make?
Even though I’ve lived in New York for ten years now, I’m only just beginning to feel like it’s really home. We had been on tour for so long; the city sometimes felt more like a home base between trips. But during the pandemic, I really settled into the neighborhood and the pace of life here. Obviously, it’s amazing to live in a place with such a rich creative community. It keeps you from getting into a rut – there’s always someone doing something new and exciting that triggers your own creative impulse.
How have you spent your pandemic time?
Allen and I built a recording studio together in Fort Greene, which has been amazing. This is the home base of our label, Better Company, which we also launched during the pandemic. I wrote a lot, both for the band and for other projects. But I hope that at this point,
can we start thinking about life beyond the pandemic period? I’m starting to want to shoot again, which is a good sign, I think.