The country-rock number tells of a man who is twenty-five years old and is stuck in a rut. His friends are all growing up and getting married and have all found successful jobs while he is still a struggling musician. It stings him a little bit that he’s not where he wants to be but he keeps trying anyway, despite everyone telling him to give up and pursue another dream. It’s a tune that anyone can relate to, as I’m sure we all have had those moments in our life where we feel like giving up.
Like I stated before, the song incorporates a blend of country and rock to mold into a very cool and unique sound. The only problem I might have with the song is that the band’s lead singer, BJ Barham sounds a little flat in places where there should be energy. Of course, one might read this as a sign of his troubles being too much for him, which is why he sounds tired.
“Losing Side Of Twenty-Five” doesn’t really capture an anthemic sound, but it does capture a message like that. It’s easy to relate to and comes from the heart, and is another prime example of why American Aquarium is one of independent country’s most underrated bands.
Listen: “Losing Side Of Twenty-Five”
Author: Zackary Kephart