Singled Out: The Kut Share The Story Behind 'No Trace'
No Trace is our most recent recorded track that wasn't ever in the gigging set list. We'd never played it live before recording it, or even strummed it in a rehearsal, so it was totally fresh for all of us. I'd had running the song around my head for a while but never arranged it into a full song, but one night I just sat down to do it and suddenly it was ready to go. There was another verse but I ended up missing it out, which is a shame I guess. We hadn't recorded anything to release quality for so long that we had to really decide which few tracks we would do when we teamed up with producer James 'LeRock' Loughrey. We took a chance and recorded it as one of three tracks for our EP, but when we got out of the studio it was definitely the first one we wanted to put out there to say 'we are here'. It's going to be on the Make Up EP. We didn't really think it was the lead track but the reaction we've had is brilliant, so maybe it is! The song itself is bittersweet, and the intro guitar riff is melancholy. The drums needed the constant tension to get that feeling across too. The rest of the guitars fell into the emotive rock sound automatically. When Alison came in to lay down the bass it added a real depth to the track. Initially the intro lead was a bit more technical but James felt it didn't need it, and retrospectively he was totally right. It all didn't have to be busy as a track, and that way it gave room to the feeling in the instruments and vocals. The lyrics themselves are a about the moment of breaking free from a bad experience. The verse is almost the conversation you are having with someone who was not long ago a massive part of your life. It's late at night and it's dark and raining - they've come round to your house to talk to you unexpectedly. You don't want to have the conversation in the house though, so you walk out to the street to talk to themů. So then stood in the street in the freezing cold and rain you are listening, but their words just don't mean anything to you any more. The song takes place in the moment you realise that you didn't actually want to talk anymore - it's over. It's cold, you are tired and there's nothing left to fight over, and nothing left to talk about. Basically it's too late to change anything by talking, although they are saying what you had been longing to hear for so long before your feelings changed. Even though breaking free was at first difficult, you realise that the whole time, the years before, all you wanted to be was strong enough to reach this point - where you would be able to run away, leave and end the cycle. You just wanted to go all along. The song is just that realisation that you've managed to do just that and you aren't even sad it's gone, and then you just walk back into the house alone.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and check out the new video right here!