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Singled Out: Legs Electric's Illicit Love

08/11/2014
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Today Ama Quinsee and Kylie Soanes from Aussie rockers Legs Electric tell us about the song "Illicit Love", which comes from their recently released self-titled EP. Here is the story:

Ama Quinsee (vocals) - Some of the lyrics included in "Illicit Love" were written 10 years ago when I was fresh out of high school and deep into a spiritual phase of my life where I discovered meditation, spirituality and sanctuary. It was a song titled "All Illusions;" I was very "green" back in those days, and extremely trusting about the world. The remaining lyrics were inspired from an experience I had years later with astral projection, which is an interpretation of out-of-body experience where the astral body separates from the physical body. Some believe in it and some don't, but I am a firm believer and this is ultimately the focus of "Illicit Love."

I had my first out of body experience at a friend's house whilst jamming, it was very sudden and also very frightening. I had slipped out of my physical body and was looking back at it; this is the inspiration behind the lyrics "I'm in a peaceful disposition, I'm on the outside looking in". What I believe happened was my soul had escaped my body and I could see my physical form. As I was completely unprepared for an experience of this nature, I started to hyperventilate and my friends gave me a bag to help slow down my breathing and calm me. Eventually I felt my soul return to my physical form and crawl back into my body. After this I had a spiritual awakening like no other and have considered this to be close to a near death experience. I'm not superstitious but there is no doubt in my mind now that when we die our souls do transcend from our bodies to another place and I believe I felt it that day. Experiencing astral projection first hand I thought I would write a song about it after being so moved, and some of my lyrics from 10 years ago were also included due to the spiritual nature of the song. Some people still think I'm crazy when I talk of this story but it's one I'll never forget. I just knew as soon as the girls showed me that first riff that these lyrics would be the perfect fit.

Kylie Soanes (drummer) - I came up with the song's verse riff and bridge 3 years ago. The initial riff that you hear was stuck in my head for ages, and so I worked out the structure on guitar. I am not a great guitarist, so it didn't sound as polished as you hear it now. I showed Laura (guitar) what I had come up with and we continued to work on it for a few weeks and she came up with the powerful chorus riff. The song is very guitar driven, so we constructed the bridge with a breakdown that showcases our bass player Abby and gives her some room to solo. We are all really influenced by 70's rock, and that loose feel - bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and the Stones. That's what we were going for in this song.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here, learn more about the band here and get a copy of the EP on iTunes right here!

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