Singled Out: The World Over's Mountains

10/26/2016
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The World Over vocalist Tiaday Ball tells us about their latest single and the title track to their recently released new album "Mountains." Here is the story:

Our single and title track, "Mountains", started out sounding like the metalcore/post-hardcore stuff we used to play on our first album ("Rampart District") before it evolved into what it is now. There's a big change stylistically between our 2 EPs which is why they're 2 years apart. We really wanted to do something that sounded more like us, and post-hardcore didn't feel like "us". We wanted something fresh. We were inspired by a lot of different artists all across the board from PVRIS to the Deftones to more popular acts like Sia or more progressive acts like Periphery and even some more fusion artists like The Reign of Kindo. We'd spend a few days every week at Ryan's home studio during pre-production just writing non stop.
Once we dialed in the sound we wanted for this record, it all came together very naturally. We already knew exactly what we wanted by the time we hit the studio in Canada. There we recorded with our producer Siegfried Meier and Melvin Murray on drums and the whole thing came together very smoothly.

This song in particular took the longest to write, vocally. We tried collaborating with other artists to get outside ideas and perspectives on it. We'd be jamming with 3 acoustic guitars around in a circle at our former drummer's house and we got this one melody that wouldn't leave us. We tried using it as a chorus and got tired of it or it didn't sound as good sung with lyrics, tried using it in other songs; it just didn't seem to fit. That melody kept following me around even after I came up with the current chorus melody for this song so we decided to make it the "viking chant" gang vocal part in the bridge and it worked perfectly.

The chorus melody came to me so last minute and was put together only a few weeks before it was time to go to Canada. Throughout the entire pre-production process, this was the hardest song to put together and we even thought this wouldn't make it on the record so we would use something else instead. I had a huge writers block for a good portion of the pre-pro side but I guess I work better under pressure!

As for the lyrics, to what extent will you go to save your friends in their times of need? If it's hurting your morals, sucking you of your life and precious time? I was trying my best to help out a close friend of mine during times when no one else was there for her. I thought I knew her really well but she turned out to be a crazy motherf*cker and in the end, I had to cut her out of my life. If people want to be saved, they will take your help and work on themselves, not bring you down with them. That is not a friend.

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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