Singled Out: Cosmic Suckerpunch
With this song we feel our sound and the things we are trying to say and communicate as a band really came forth. All of our influences converge in this track - from hard rock, to blues, to grunge, to metal, to neo-psychedlia. It's no wonder that this is the song that is responsible for naming the band.
The track was initially called Cosmic Suckerpunch, and we were going by a name which we don't like to talk about anymore, wink wink. We decided to take the name of our song "Cosmic Suckerpunch" as our band name. And then we shortened the name of the song to "Cosmic." This was a defining moment for the band as it gave our sound and aesthetic a real unifying direction.
The "Cosmic" - the universal, the ethereal, the psychedelic. And the "Suckerpunch" - the high-energy, aggressive, hard-rock, metal, punk influence. So in essence this song birthed a fusion which became our sound. The writing of the song began with guitarist Fabien Hameline's crazy space-age intro guitar lick. This was the first and most challenging piece of the puzzle. Creating the proper mixture of effects, getting the right tone, finding the perfect attack, and building the notes so that they arrive in a crescendo and explode into the main body of the song; it took Fabien about a year to master this, and to date it's probably the most challenging part of the set to play.
Then Fabien and I collaborated on writing and arranging the song, before bringing it to the rest of the band, which is how we do a lot of our song writing. The lyrics came to me over time. The melody came first (as it always does).
Then certain words started to pop out as I'd sing the song: "energy", "synergy", "aeons", "beyond"... The more I sing a song, the more it starts to take shape lyrically. The song reveals itself to me. If I sing it enough times with real feeling, by the time I sit down and "write the song out", there's very little work for me to do. I almost realize in retrospect what the song is about. That's what happened with this one.
When it was finished, I took a step back and said "oh sh*t, this is about me being lost and alone in the world, feeling hopeless, and then looking up and finding my soulmate, my muse, my passion. Realizing that I'm not really alone." A lot of my lyrics seem to be about that subject. I hope you can identify. But mostly, we hope you enjoy the song.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and grab a free download of the song and stream the entire album right here!