Back in January, I went and saw SCREAM 5 in theaters. While generally not a fan of horror/slasher films, the meta-humor at the heart of the SCREAM franchise always made them smarter and more amusing than the average, run-of-the-mill guts and gore film. Bringing that film into the credits was a song that perfectly melded the dark, horror aspects of the film with its humorous undercurrent; Salem‘s “Fall Out of Love”.
While the version in the film features up-and-coming Carlie Hanson, as that version wasn’t on streamers quiet yet, and immediately start streaming the original version of the band’s 2020 self-titled EP. I became pretty obsessed with the track, and it hasn’t left my playlist the last three months. The UK band certainly has elements of My Chemical Romance in their bombastic blend of anthemic emo-punk.
“Fall Out of Love” begins with a ballad-esque intro, with the lyrics sang like a ghostly lament, climaxing at the pre-chorus “You said ‘save yourself, fall out of love'” (which if you’ve seen the film, you’ll understand why this is the perfect sentiment for it). And then things takes off like a bullet train! A drum roll takes us into the hyperactive, pop-punk verses that are filled with morbid imagery (“With a kiss so poisonous boys are delirious, lying on the motel bed”), while the chorus soars with a mix of romantic flair and gothic sadism (“I’m drunk just off your eyes while you nurse a flask between your thighs, I shoot the angels from the skies, clip their wings and watch them die”).