“October,” for all of its sonic enormity, is all about creating a feeling rather than telling a story. The lyrics are simple and encouraging, all about keeping the past in mind while looking ahead and staying mobile. “Raise your eyes/ Just go again/ There will be a next time,” Summers pep-talks over Benjamin Weikel’s bass-and-cymbal-driven drumming. Summers’ guitar playing is light and shimmering, adding a counterpoint to the track’s rushing low end. The end, perhaps, is the song’s peak: the vocals give way to a waterfall of cymbal crashes, pounding drums, and sparkling guitar riffs, the tumbling movement of which could continue infinitely (and might, considering that the song fades out).
The whole package inspires a reaction that transcends the cerebral and creeps into the body: Expect lungs to breathe deeper, expect leg muscles to itch for a run, expect cheeks to flush with anticipation for the next big adventure. It's kind of a shame, really, that “October” has been released already and we have to wait until September 11th for Negotiations.