Singled Out: The City And Skyway

(antiMusic) You may have heard of The City And Skyway before since former lineups featured members of Dashboard Confessional, The Promise Ring, Lifetime, Hey Mercedes, Limbeck and Maritime, among others, but now you finally get to hear them with the release of their debut album, 'Everything Looks Worse In Black & White'. To celebrate the release we asked vocalist Mitch Lyon and guitarist/vocalist Barry Johnston to give us the inside story to the first single from the effort, "Killing Pill". Here they are with the story!

Mitch Lyon "Barry introduced me to a riff he was working. We sat down and wrote the first verse and chorus right then. We then recorded what we had. This was before any of the other guys had even heard the song. It seemed to come together really quickly and felt really fresh to us."

Barry Johnston "When the initial idea for the song struck it sort of took over and wrote itself. We wanted to do something pretty stripped down and to the point. The first drafts of the song were pretty true to what ended up being on the record. We did change the intro and outro guitar parts quite a bit from the demos. Those parts didn't really take shape until we entered the studio. We just needed a time to figure out the little nuances. The bridge was actually written with James Alex Snyder from the band Cordova…also formerly of Weston. We asked him to do a cameo…recording schedules conflicted so we had to cut the vocals for the bridge ourselves. All in all we were really in a good place in the writing process when we finished this one. I think it shows"

Mitch Lyon "Killing Pill, to me, is not necessarily about the habits of recreational users. For me, it's about the rush of whatever gets you there. It's a sadness, a letdown, for whatever is kicking you. It's about an escapist's reality and how escaping does not work forever."

Barry Johnston "I think this song could mean different things to different people. We all have difficulties and how we deal with those difficulties ultimately speaks volumes about who you are at the core. I'm more interested and more drawn to real people that make mistakes. Squeaky clean people are a little unnerving to me for some reason. All of the glitz and glamour that some people surround themselves with isn't reality. We wanted to try and to encompass some of that idea in the song."

Now that you know the story behind the song, take a listen for yourself. Learn more about the band, the album and preview music - right here!

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