Singled Out: Kiven's In The Fire

02/24/2014
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Today Kiven frontman Tyler Demorest tells us about the song "In The Fire" from their brand new self-titled debut album, which was produced by Tony Hajjar from At The Drive-In. Here is the story:

I'd like to think I wasn't tired
Tired of ongoing dreams
As we throw ourselves into the fire slowly
Believe it time it may discover
Shedding light to all fears
Don't try don't speak don't even bother for me

Sometimes it's tasking doing what you love. The introduction to this song is an acknowledgment of this lethargic hangover you can experience when you're devoting your whole self to an idea that isn't / won't be materialized until months later. It's a statement wishing that I wasn't tired of the grind, but how there's no need for sympathy - as it's a choice to dedicate myself to a craft that can often bring about a ton of joy and fulfillment.

After the introduction... In The Fire starts.

Closing doors, shut off the roar below
But a murmor of the matter can seed this, can feed disbelief.
And for a moment, you're fearing numb
But a surgeon for the latter I'm told, could lose their hold and down we go.

I was actually working on this song at home after we wrapped an "early" rehearsal. It was about 930PM when I sat down in my apartment to get going and some dickhead neighbor yelled "shut uppppp" from his window haha. Looking back it's pretty hilarious, but at the time it was a bit of a "f*** you neighbor guy symbolizing the rest of the world" moment. I knew I wanted the song to be about passion, and dedication - but i needed a vehicle.... and there it was.

"In the fire, we burn it all to earn a
On the wire we loose ourselves along the middle
I'm not coming home, I'm not coming home"

This chorus encompasses the effort and what can be a perpetual let down for pursing passion. We've had success, but all artists along the way question their craft, their time and dedication, and input along the way. The process of making this album in particular was difficult, yet rewarding. We continually wrestled with the amount of time and energy put in the project, while juggling the ability to make a living and the amount of time it takes to make that living comfortable. The final sentence is that defiance to comfort or the leap into commitment to your craft.

Faith in tow, deceiving down the road
In a complicated gesture letting go
You're not alone
For a moment lie alone, clueless on the matter when you fold your hope
And losing hold of what you know

The second verse continues down the journey and explores uncertainty of what's ahead. It's particularly applicable to my situation but it works for anyone refusing to be complacent with a typical life by letting go of the routine in exchange for uncertainty.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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