Singled Out: Strange Karma's Devil from the Moon
Devil from the Moon started its life as a couple of reckless riffs, I'd been kicking around on my acoustic. Initially, the main riff was a slow finger picking kinda feel which I ultimately kept for the solo break to give the song some space. Instinctively I knew I had something good going on. I remember running downstairs to give Martin a listen and he instantly felt the vibe. 'This will be big bro' he said, so we worked on it and made it BIG. When we first jammed it, Martin came out with the lyric 'Devil from the Moon' This lyric set up the feel and direction of the song, Jason's Drums lit a fire right under it and the song turned into a monster - that's what you call Magic.
Martin's approach to the song was to give it the kind of attitude that demands attention and brings it to life. The first verse; 'Devil from the Moon - grab the stars give them all to you' sets the tone of the classic 'sell your soul to the devil' story. It also has subtle hints of the struggle for success ('running to no where') I believe Martin did a great job with the lyrics carefully leaving them open to interpretation and by doing so creating the ability to take listeners on a unique journey every time they is listen to it.
Looking back, it's funny to think that although 'Devil from the moon' was on our short list for the album, it certainly wasn't a contender for lead single. It was only when we were in the studio, recording, that our producer David Ivory insisted that it should be on the album but as an album track not a single. We put it to one side to work on what we believed were contenders for the singles - and by the end of the recording we all realized that 'Devil from the moon' was a song that really grabs you by the balls right from the start, takes you on a journey and then violently spits you out. It's a perfect introduction to the album and a worthy lead single.