Autumn is often symbolic of deep transition, of parts of nature – and our natures – dying to make way for the new. Toronto-based rockers A Short Walk To Pluto, endorsed earlier this year by Howard Stern on his top-rated SiriusXM show, illustrate that poetically in their folksier but no less tight new single “Give Me Grace.”
A soaring, jangly, acoustic ballad about the transformational power of love perfectly captured in a song, “Give Me Grace” tells the story of two separate people eventually destined for one another. The first narrator, the woman, feels trapped in an internal, everlasting winter, where the sun can’t break through a sky seemingly made of ice. The second verse tells the story of the male protagonist’s isolation and longing for companionship throughout a beautiful and fiery, yet lonely and daunting, autumn.
Give me grace
Or love at least
Just this once
My autumn dream
Soon, the two lovers collide, and they discover that the emotional strength that got them through their difficulties is a commonality – a saving grace. The song is based on the real experience of bassist Danny Moriana, who first met his partner in December 2019. “The pair seemed to lead such similar lives up until that point that it was almost destined for them to meet,” the band said. “The grace and love she offers daily is remarkable, bring him an overwhelming sense of happiness.”
Formed in 2018, A Short Walk To Pluto consists of members Emma Armstrong (vocals), Danny Moriana (bass/vocals), Max Kaiser (guitar), and Jake Biggs (percussion/vocals). They began as university students, who had known one another from high school, and they would perform regularly as a three-piece for school-related events. After various lineups featuring other vocalists, the boys met Emma Armstrong through a mutual friend in 2020. Since then, the band has made major strides in their musical ambitions with their numerous live performances, original music releases, and active social-media engagements resulted in a loyal and consistent following.