TUNE Peter Cat - I Don’t Want To Come Back To You
Peter Cat’s ‘I Don’t Want To Come Back To You’ was initially conceived as a reflection on a troubled relationship, and the conflicting impulses one feels whilst in one. However, the song takes on additional, if unintended, significance in the summer of 2020.
What is it you Don’t Want To Come Back To? Are you dreading an imminent return to the office, where you’ll have to stand the company of people you hold in contempt? Are you petrified of the petri dish that is a packed train carriage on a Monday morning? Well friend, we wrote this song for you (even if we didn’t know it at the time).
This release marks a sonic departure for Peter Cat: in contrast to their previous breezier singles, ‘I Don’t Want To Come Back To You’ is a brooding, almost gothic ballad, driven forward by dark synthesisers and the eerie chime of a damaged Fender Rhodes. The song repeats the same spidery chord progressions three times over, building from a sparse piano melody, then adding drum machines and synthesisers, before exploding in the final third into a gale of metallic guitars.
Lyrically, the song is a heavier affair too; a snapshot of the conflicting emotions one feels whilst in the midst of a toxic relationship. Do you self-preserve and walk away from routine manipulation and violence? Or do you stay, feeling as you do that the other is merely misunderstood, and that only you can heal them? It is not an idealised narrative, nor a particularly pretty one. But, stripped of coyness and pretence, ’I Don’t Want To Come Back To You’ is sung from a truthful place. It is the most unflinchingly honest lyric Peter Cat has penned to date.