Becky Baxter / Conal O’Donoghue / Shauna McGarrity / John McNulty
A song about breaking up; a song about getting over someone; a song about hope.
This song is the offspring of the so-called “kitchen sessions”: right from its title all the way through to the end. In fact, the title came from a piece of junk mail lying on John’s kitchen table (some kind of advertisement with “offer valid for 29 days” or some such emblazoned on it) and that kick-started the first few lines of a lost/failed love lyric … and the first draft was actually written in the margins of the junk mailing. Meanwhile, Shauna and Conal had started working up a lazy and laid-back acoustic accompaniment which led to the quirky, almost jazz-style chord progression featured in this song.
There were a few false starts on the percussion, but a bit of perseverance carried the day and allowed the track to grow in confidence and stature. In addition to the electrified version on the album, the band has an alternative version of the song for those small hours of the morning unplugged occasions.
All things considered, this is a pretty straightforward song that tells a straightforward story of a violent break up, the resulting emotions and the overriding hope that one day … someday … it will turn out right: a song about breaking up, a song about getting over someone and a song about hope.
“29 Days” is a testament to the band’s growing confidence: a quirky and unusual blues number with Shauna’s distinctive and almost tangible bass line and John’s customary understated and rock-solid drum licks giving the platform for Conal’s sympathetic soloing and for Becky to demonstrate vocals that move seamlessly from light to dark and from chocolate to chilli pepper while always maintaining a sense of intimate pain: a song about breaking up, a song about getting over someone and a song about hope indeed.