Singled Out: Engineers' Fight or Flight
This track was written upon my return to the UK after a US tour as a sound guy for Ulrich (Schnauss who also plays synths in the band). He remarked that 'What It's Worth' (from Engineers' 3rd album "In Praise Of More") was perfect music for driving on the west coast of the US and that this atmosphere was one of the strongest facets of my song writing.
I wanted to tap into that same melancholy lyrically as that song but exchange the air of sadness for the uplifting sense of freedom in 'Fight Or Flight' that driving over those landscapes provides. The lyrics concern the breakdown of friendship and how I'm trying to reason with this person that in the grander scheme of things our differences, faults, daily struggles are essentially meaningless and our battles pointless. I think there's an anger in the verse of the song that is juxtaposed in the chorus with a philosophical sentiment that (hopefully) gives a feeling of resolve and possibility.
As I tracked the instruments I was listening to a lot of 80's indie and new wave music and the band Felt (In particular the Robin Guthrie produced 'Ignite The Seven Cannons') influenced me a great deal on this song. I like the fact that the jangly guitar band framework is given a subtly 'off kilter' feeling by modulation effects and a bright overall production. One of the most surprising things about the track sonically are Ulrich's synths which for me capture him at his most elegiac and blissful. I have to admit that this was a great moment in the recording session - one of those points in music making where you feel that (quite unrealistically I hasten to add!) anything is possible, and everything somehow will be fine.