Didn’t I Warn You is the new single from Fred Nicolaus (Department of Eagles) which is released on Yep Roc under the moniker of his new solo project Golden Suits. A reference to the final line of a short story by John Cheever, an author whose tales of postwar suburbia included moments of beauty as well as despair.
“Then it is dark; it is a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains.”
Although a prolific songwriter have written or co-written with Daniel Rossen many of the groups best known songs the story behind this project inspiration is steeped in chaos and sentiment brought about by a strange chain of events:
It was inspired by a strange year that saw him get chased out of an apartment by a rat infestation, go through a painful breakup, travel to Germany to learn about his grandfather’s death in WWII, go broke, and lose forty pounds. Throughout that chaotic time, he became obsessed with a book of short stories by the fiction writer John Cheever, and started writing songs that blended his own experiences with fragments from the book. The result is a collection of ten songs that combine nostalgia, sentimentality, skewed references to a book about suburban marriage in the 1950s, personal confessions and abstract non-sequitors that take a shot at the sublime.
The self-titled album is due for release on Yep Roc in August 2013.