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Singled Out: The Undecided Majors' Insanity

11/09/2016
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The Undecided Majors

Austin-based pop punk band The Undecided Majors are gearing up to release their new EP "In Spite" and to celebrate we asked Scott McCauley (vocals/bass/guitar) to tell us about the single "Insanity". Here is the story:

Oh man, where do I start? Insanity was the last song written for this EP. And was the result of the storyline of "Cindy". If I can remember right, I came up with these chords literally the night before recording it, in my boxers, knee up on the corner of my bed, with an acoustic guitar right before bed. I don't know why, but this was always a ritual for me. Anyways, 24 hours before recording this song because I worked the studio during the day and then at night is when we would go in and have the studio for our Undecided Majors material. In the mornings I always went to the gym, worked out, released stress and had time to myself before going to the studio to work with artists all day. I would always listen to heavy pop punk style songs while at the gym and "Stockholm Syndrome" by Blink-182 came on my playlist. I kept recalling myself reading up on that song and how dark the lyrics were but it was so energetic. I didn't really think too much on implying that influence to our music at that time of day though, I just wanted to get through my workouts.

Once I got to the studio to start work, I would have time to tune up instruments after setting up all the gear and most of the time play around with my material until objectives were brought to my attention or artists showed up for their sessions. So all day I just kept the riffs for "Insanity" in my head. That night Jake and I were really liking the music we had but something about it seemed bland. I mentioned the intro layout of "Stockholm Syndrome" and the energy effect it had on me that morning. Jake wanted to mix it up a bit, so he added the kicks instead of the snare hits in the intro. Once that was complete, it pretty much paved the way for how we wanted the song to go.

Lyrically, it was a combination of things. At the time, I was not getting any sleep and was still getting over a previous long term relationship that really messed me up emotionally which sometimes resulted into deceitful thoughts and believing my emotional state was more taken as insanity. I was craving the idea of a relationship again. It's hard to go 3 years with someone and then all of a sudden they're out of your life. It's like smoking cigarettes for a few years and quitting cold turkey. I was addicted to the idea of being in a relationship again.

I tied all these songs together to create the storyline which is about Cindy. Cindy was someone presented throughout the EP who started in a relationship but could not get rid of the infidelities and lies inside her. I intended "Insanity" to be the end of the EP because it's from the guy's perspective at the end of the relationship and finding out about what Cindy had done behind his back.

This song definitely has to be one of my favorites musically and lyrically that I have written so far.

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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