Though this article only covers the opening track, “Pay Day”, I would recommend going and checking out all of Little Flock. The song covers the turbulence of money being tight and the whole release tells the first hand perspective of being a young couple who now has to make the major lifestyle change of providing for a newborn. The lyrics go “Hey babe we made it to pay day, hey babe we are rich”. Everyone must’ve at some point felt that way, I’d live for the 15th of every month when I was in Los Angeles because the 30th could hardly be described as a pay day with rent going out.
The production style of “Pay Day” is modern with a vulnerable guitar lick leading into the a vocal production that features layers of vocals though Eric Stoffs voice is the most prominent until the chorus hits and a female lead, assumedly his wife Brooke, leads us back into the vulnerable guitar now accompanied by a chamber section. The instrumentation is sparse though the harmonic layers are thick when the piano hits the bass note and the drums give it the light back beat it needs to keep a listener engaged. Check out “Pay Day” by The Stoffs below and read more below that and then check out the whole record below that.
FROM THE ARTIST:
The Stoffs is the indie rock project of Indianapolis-based musician Eric Stoff.
Eric and his wife Brooke had a turbulent year in 2017. They welcomed their first daughter into the world, experienced unprecedented success in their business, and Eric achieved a life goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
From an outside perspective, it was the best year of their lives. But the Stoffs also experienced financial stress, strained relationships, and the unique weight of caring for a newborn child.
Eric spent the entirety of 2018 writing, recording, and meticulously crafting “Little Flock” in his home. He said it was healing for him as he worked his way through postpartum depression, and it helped him make sense of chaotic previous year.
“Making this record helped me realign my identity on this side of fatherhood,” Eric said. “It made me explore what parts of my relationships – with my creator, my wife, my child and future children. What changed? What stayed the same?”
Released on New Year’s Day 2019, “Little Flock,” details a universal tug-of-war between desperation and hope