Singled Out: Hamish Anderson's Howl
It was written pretty fast, which doesn't always happen when writing but is great when it does. Originally I had read the word "howl" somewhere and it just stood out to me for some reason. After that I heard the riff in my head and that really drove the entire song and its feel, I knew I really wanted to go all out with it and try and make the song as big as I could.
The lyrics I wrote in one night, the chorus lyrics came first and then it was basically about writing around them in a way that would make it all fit together. For the recording of the song we knew we wanted the majority of it to be a live take. During the recording the drummer's cymbal split from being belted so hard and the old Vox guitar amp I was using blew. 'Howl' is basically a song about human passion and wanting someone.