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Singled Out: Hey Guy's Lana

03/30/2010
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Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Hey Guy vocalist Boris Pelekh tells us about "Lana" from their EP "How To Kill Me". We now turn it over to Boris for the story:

I was sitting at my parents house in my boxers. At the time really broke, with no job and no aspirations aside from one; I wanted to write a bunch of new songs and release a record.

I picked up my beat up classical guitar that I had from the time I was 9 and started messing around. The first thing that I started playing sounded almost classical of the Baroque period to me. I got really excited and kept moving the progression forward while wrapping the most simple melody around it. It got so entangled that I wasn't sure of how to get back to the original motif that I started with.

After 4 hours our of beating the progression over the head, I figured out the most clever way to get back to the original theme. At that moment in my mind I thought -- wow I still come back to you -- and thats when it all came to me; that the process of writing the first part of this song is a metaphor for an obsessive love affair. No matter how much you get crushed in the journey you still come back to her.

There is a concept in alternative/post Freudian psychology named "anal". It is referring to a personality type that is hyper-monogamous and incapable of progression -- I named the song Lana cause it is about a girl but its also -- "anal" backwards.

The chorus of the song came to me on a subway ride as the verse melody kept spinning around in my head. I kept thinking from the standpoint of an obsessive lover, which I have been plenty of times. How nice it would be if she felt or perhaps expressed that she felt the same as you feel for her -- "if you feel this/ reveal this". The quick scaling melody jumped out with the lyrics "wouldn't it be nice" and I ran home to figure the part out on guitar while repeating it over and over in my head. The bridge idea was sparked at a later day during the first attempts of recording the song.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the band and album - right here!

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