Gagged and Bound is probably the one song I didn't expect to be liked so much. I have a few favorites, but until those songs become available, Gagged and Bound is the one I would want to push. Our manager has recently pushed this song on internet radio. There are several stations that have put it into their rotation. It's pretty flatterring. I wrote the music in, like, ten minutes. I had it composed and everything on the bass guitar. It has a heavy Maiden influence in the chorus. the verse riffs are like early-Megadeth. It's a hell of a tune to play, difficult to pull off live, because the tempo has to be just right. If it's played too fast, it becomes hard to articulate and sounds like chaos.
In the early life of this song, the bass runs in the verses were played solo over the actual guitar verse riff. When Paul joined the band, I wanted him to twin what I was doing. So on this version, the bass and guitar are doing the scales together over the grinding rythym guitar. It proves to be somewhat melodic underneath the vocals. It's an intense song to play! The title Gagged and Bound is pretty tame compared to the actual lyrics. The lyrics are purposely sadistic. I wanted to capture something to express my anger towards women, specifically my ex-girlfriends. Most of the songs I write are inspired by these awful intense relationships I endured. Anyway, we sat around practice one day, I brought up the new tune, I explained to Rich what I wanted lyrically and it went from there. Rich and I wrote the lyrics with a little help from my girlfriend at the time. It worked out because she was psychotic anyway. haha... In fact, she came up with the "sodomized" part. Ahh, magic..haha..
I had recently discussed this tune with Rich. He told me he didn't like the idea of the song at the time because of personal reasons. He told me he was so pissed off at me about being adamant about the title, he just wrote out of anger. In a sick, perverted way, this song is probably about me!! haha...
Gagged and Bound is blatant, in your face, f*ck off music.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here!