Singled Out: From Athens We Fled Share The Story Behind 'Shine'
After the band released our first EP 'Ctl Alt Kill' we went through a couple line up changes. We took on a new sleek, sexy drummer, and went down to one guitarist. It didn't take long to gather a feel for one another. We meshed together like a twelve year old boy and random boners or cereal and milk, whatever analogy you prefer.
After a couple shows with the new line up it was time for the real test. How would the band work together in writing new material? Amazingly well, it was like a four way match made in heaven. Everyone collaborated well, there was give and take, and it really set the tone for what would really become a great experience. With the attention span of a three year old we decided to focus on and record two single releases, Shine and Vanish. Shine was a real crowd-pleaser. With its sadistic lyrics, groovy guitar licks, sexy bass solo, and double pedal for days it had a lot to offer, so it was a no brainer to record that one.
To record Shine we went back to Michael Beck of Sound Vision Studios. He is a real pro at what he does and a pleasure to work with. He recorded the first EP, so we knew were going to get some high quality work for a good price. It was our drummer's first time in the studio, so it was a beautiful thing to watch him pop his studio cherry. Our guitarist flew his parts like a machine, and our bassist was left with only a few hours of recording. He plays bass so it didn't matter. All in all recording shine was a great bonding experience for the band. The time we shared working on the song is way more valuable than anything we could ever make off the song itself. You can check out the recording adventures here.
Think of all the horribly corrupted, evil people in this world. Anyone who has ever manipulated you for their personal gain, anyone who has lied to your face, or anyone who has treated you like a piece of sh*t to fill some void in their life. The scum that populates this earth.
Now imagine gathering all those people up. Breaking into their fake houses as they sleep, raiding their fancy corporate office's, and taking them against their will. Dragging them to their new fate as they scream and plead for help. Your conscious tells you to stop. There is an internal struggle as you fight against your own morals. Your conscious is telling you not to stoop to their level, and let them go. You're a good person and you want to let them go, but you remember. You remember the times they acted as your friend just to use you. You remember the pain and suffering you went through as they stepped on you for their own personal gain. You remember the deceit, so you march on.
You finally reach your destination. It is a twenty foot pit with an answer to your problem. The answer is a 400 pound lion with an innate thirst for blood. You made it this far and there is no turning back now. You cut their Achilles tendon to make them weak and vulnerable, but leave their hands untied to give them the slightest sense of hope. Your heart is pounding as you kick them into the pit. You watch as they fade into the darkness. You hear their shrieks and their cries for help, but all you can see is the glare from their eyes as you shine your light into the pit.
That my friends is Shine.