The New Regime (Nine Inch Nails, Lostprophets) Singled Out Week: Day 2 - State Of Possession
State Of Possession was the last song written and recorded for Speak Through The White Noise. In fact, it was recorded and mixed only a few days before the album was sent off for mastering.
The meat of this song is a ballsy, distorted, fuzzy, driving riff which was originally written on bass. The riff didn't sound quite right in the register of a guitar so an Electro-Harmonix POG and a homemade fuzz pedal took it to the right place.
The lyrical process for this song was one of the quicker and more enjoyable ones. It's about people who do the bare minimum at work, don't really believe in the product they're pushing, regurgitate somebody else's information, and hold their heads up high while they still have a job. In other words, most A&R people at labels.
When I completed Speak Through The White Noise I entertained the thought of releasing it through a label. After putting everything I had into writing, playing, singing, recording, and making sure this album was perfect to me, getting a comment like, "You need a song like Cage The Elephant or Neon Trees and then we might have something here" gave me the urge to strangle somebody, slowly. If you wanted those bands YOU should've signed them. Unfortunately, when those bands came across your desk you were probably asking people to write the next Killers or Fall Out Boy song. Forward thinking? Nah, don't bother.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you preview the album right here!