Ellen: Fences & Macklemore “Arrows” Performance
Fences is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Seattle who teamed up with hit rapper Macklemore to create the hit song “Arrows“. I’d never heard of Fences before this performance, but there was something that was just cool about him. It’s not just that his voice has a gravelly tone to it that makes the super-catchy hook stay in your brain, even if you don’t quite register what it means. The hook is “Arrowsland, we’re falling. Arrows, we’re falling.” It’s about as catchy and nonsensical as the Pixies’ “Gigantic,” which has a hook of “Hey Paul, hey Paul, hey Paul, let’s have a ball.” I’m pretty sure this song will be stuck in my head for the next four days.
There’s also something cool and relaxed about the super-tattooed Fences, who performed in a simple t-shirt, jeans, and fedora. His performance style is just electric. You’re transfixed from the very first note on him in this performance.
Ellen TV: Macklemore’s Attire
Then Macklemore showed up, dressed like a caricature of himself. I get that his whole thing is thrift shop clothing, but he was wearing a frilly vest over a long-sleeved shirt and a scarf. He completed the look with a ridiculously floppy hat that looked like a baby bonnet. He also spent a lot of time doing a weird airplane dance move.
Macklemore is the essence of cool, usually. There’s something about the way he raps that just exudes awesomenss. But here, he was just a little bit ridiculous.
Ellen: Fences “Arrows” Live
After reading over the lyrics, I couldn’t tell you what this song is about. Which is really disappointing, because the beat and the coolness of the song really makes me wish there was some great lyrical message in there. Instead, it’s mostly vague language about wanting to be yourself in a world where you feel like hiding. Which isn’t a bad message, it’s just a little muddled by the vagueness of the lyrics.
Nevertheless, the confidence and coolness of Fences shows he’s here to stay. The guy is clearly talented and his passion flows through. And there’s no denying the catchiness of the song.