Music

Theme Song: Fox Atticus Martindale and Anna Collins

May 2014: “All the Things We Used to Do”

Collage by Minna.

Collage by Minna.

Fox Atticus Martindale grew up surrounded by music, enjoying the sweet sounds of David Bowie, T. Rex, John Lennon, and the Ramones on car rides with his dad. He picked up drums first, but when a family move made having an at-home drum set impossible, he started writing songs on guitar, figuring out a style of gritty rock that’s both melancholic and dance-y.

Though she sings on this track, Anna Collins’s musical history mostly comes from a different medium. She has been a ballerina and modern dancer since she was three, and says the structure of ballet helps her stay centered and escape the anxieties of the outside world. Anna is also Rookie contributor Petra’s sister, proving that everyone in their family is crazy-talented and awesome.

Fox and Anna, who are totally going steady, were born a day apart in Toronto, which makes it seem like they were destined to be together (if you believe in that sort of thing, which I sometimes do). “All the Things We Used to Do” is their first song together, and we’re excited to premiere it as Rookie’s theme song this month! I spoke to Anna and Fox on the phone about being collaborators in music and L-U-V. —Laia

LAIA: How did you guys meet?

ANNA COLLINS: Fox and I met in high school, but I actually “realized” who he was in 11th grade. He’d just gotten a haircut and had done a lot of growing up—puberty hit [him] over the summer! It was the summer all the boys started catching up to my height.

We had a friend in common, so we would hang out, and I would shamelessly flirt with him. I was intimidated by him—he made me a little nervous, so nothing ever happened. Then I went on the Rookie Road Trip and couldn’t get him out of my head, so when I came back, I decided to do something about my crush. We first got together at birthday party I threw for the two of us. I kissed him, and we’ve hung out every day since then.

Did you always want to play together?

FOX ATTICUS MARTINDALE: I’ve always wanted to teach Anna drums. I don’t think we ever really talked about playing together until I asked her to sing the song “Please” with me at a show I put on a while ago.

ANNA: It actually happened by accident. Fox was practicing in my room for that show, which was the night after. I was singing along, because I know and love all his songs, and then he asked me to sing with him at the show. I had never sung in front of an audience before, so it was totally new to me.

What was the process of writing the song like?

FOX: Anna was at work, and it was the perfect time to write. I was writing from the perspective of Anna watching me. Nine times out of 10, when I write a song, I record it the same day. When she came home, I pretty much sat her down and said, “Here are lyrics, here’s a microphone, and here’s the record button.”

What parts of the song do you think reflect yourselves?

ANNA: We are opposites in a lot of ways, which I think the song portrays. Fox embodies a certain persona: a badass teen boy out causing trouble. He lives with no regrets and is straightforward and fearless. His voice is really distorted, which parallels that. My voice is soft, high, and gentle, which sounds like my personality: I’m shy, timid, and sometimes misunderstood when I first meet people.

Was there a particular inspiration for the story you were trying to tell?

ANNA: The song has a lot to do with nostalgia. Fox and I often reminisce about high school because we’re both in weird transitional periods in our lives. I just finished my first year of university, and he just finished college. Everything is changing around us, but we’re still together. We’re the only consistent thing in each others’ lives right now.

FOX: I wouldn’t say this song is about us; it’s not inspired by our own lives. But the attitudes of the characters definitely resemble our personalities—just little things here or there that are true to who we are. Friends have said that it’s not so much the lyrics, but the sound, that reflects us.

Some say it’s kinda like a breakup song, with the chorus being about the “things we used to do,” but it can be whatever you want it to be. When I write songs, I want someone to take something from them and make them personal, rather than having them be about me.

Have you collaborated in any other ways?

FOX: This is the first song we’ve done together, but we may do others in the future.

ANNA: Fox and some of our friends started a record label called Fried Records. I’m very involved in the publicity side. I’ve also been wanting to choreograph a dance to one of Fox’s songs. I haven’t had the opportunity yet, but hopefully I will soon, because his songs really inspire me! ♦

24 Comments

  • chelcsmiles May 29th, 2014 7:09 PM

    Y’all are amazing. Thanks 4 sharing & being so cayoot.

  • Erin. May 29th, 2014 7:11 PM

    Love it! Is there any way to buy/download this song?

  • beansprout May 29th, 2014 7:11 PM

    cute cute CUTE !

  • ElisabethGrace May 29th, 2014 7:11 PM

    fox + anna 5ever

  • vosnano69 May 29th, 2014 7:12 PM

    Omg this is AMAZING

  • monalisa May 29th, 2014 7:13 PM

    Love these two! This song is as beautiful as them

  • camschilla May 29th, 2014 7:23 PM

    This song is the shit. They are the shit.

  • AnaBanana May 29th, 2014 7:26 PM

    I am in love with those two!!!!

  • eva-stark May 29th, 2014 7:27 PM

    ”Everything is changing around us, but we’re still together. We’re the only consistent thing in each others’ lives right now”

    This is so cute. And the song is awesome too :)

  • ronit May 29th, 2014 7:55 PM

    this is so cute my heart just melted into a lil puddle of luv n joy <3

  • Brianna May 29th, 2014 8:32 PM

    I think I could dance to this forever, such a great tune <3
    Is there any way to buy it?

  • Bex_cygnet May 29th, 2014 9:26 PM

    I really like Anna’s voice!

  • MeredithCWS May 29th, 2014 9:37 PM

    This is SUCH an unreal song!!!
    I’ve been to a couple of shows where Fox’s band Creep Creep Beach has performed/Anna has been there, and I’m always a lil starstruck just because they’re so so cool and talented and rad :)
    Anyway, luv this one Rookie writers!

  • RyleyK May 29th, 2014 11:02 PM

    I have a feeling this will be on repeat this weekend. I’m in love with it!

  • Daniizle May 29th, 2014 11:20 PM

    I luv luv LOVE this. I already was super obsessed with the cuteness that is Anna + Fox, but this song is actually so good. Like, if my friend showed me this and said “it’s some band listen to more of this” I would totally frantically search for them and hitch a hike to their show.

    Please, sir, I want some more!

  • monalisa May 30th, 2014 4:29 AM

    can i buy this pls???? just can’t stop listening

    • Amy Rose May 30th, 2014 2:08 PM

      You can download it at the SC link above!

  • TessAnnesley May 30th, 2014 7:16 AM

    Oh god can we just have a minute to admit what a looker Fox is, I mean come on

  • sonnentanz May 30th, 2014 9:18 AM

    every single thing about this is perfect!!! aahh this is the best

  • Maria Clara Santarosa May 30th, 2014 6:34 PM

    they’re so cool (and nice and cute and adorable). this is really good. congrats <3

  • CarolineElizabeth May 30th, 2014 8:23 PM

    <3<3<3

  • Leah B. May 30th, 2014 10:51 PM

    Fox and Anna are so badass! They’re the ultimate rad couple.

    I’m obsessed with Fox’s “Swap Sluts” so I made a playlist called teen rebellion (i’m not even a teen ahah) and I play it really loud in the In-N-Out drive thru when I want to feel dangerous and I’m all pumped up waiting for my burgers.

  • Cosmo Beatrix May 31st, 2014 11:45 AM

    i love this so much….the contrast in voices is perfect.