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Singled Out: Greene Reveal's Unravel Me

05/03/2010
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Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today we hear from emo / prog-rockers Greene Reveal. Singer/guitarist Shawn VanBrocklin tells us about "Unravel Me" from their brand new album "re(shape)," which is being released tomorrow . We now turn it over to Shawn for the story:

"Unravel Me" was one of the last songs to be written vocally and didn't really come to life until we actually started recording it.

With us, bass and drums are crucial to locking down the song. Tyler and Matt have a good groove together and they really helped trigger the mood for this song. Once the bass and drums were tracked, we really sat down and looked at what both guitars were doing to see if anything needed to be tweaked so everything flowed together.

We used to practice in Matt's basement, where we record, and it could get kind of tough to tell if what you're playing fit with what everyone else was playing. That was the case with this song. I remember having to rework my verse part because I based the mood of the song on my guitar part and how I heard it fit within the wall of sound down there.

There are times, when we're in the studio, where we'll tweak parts on the spot. This happens a lot with guitars just because we tend to have a little more freedom to change/spice things up. I think that's a great advantage to recording ourselves because I'd imagine not many people want to sit and listen to us just making noise. I remember us being able to take the bridge of this song to a new level just by messing around with our pedals. We made it sound really heavy by layering and dropping Shawn S's guitar an octave. It gave the song more balls.

When I was first trying to write lyrics and melodies to this song I just had it on repeat and I had this image in my head of running. The song gave me this feeling of fleeing. I had the chorus melody in my head first and then it was just a matter of writing a verse that flowed with it. Lyrically, the song is about taking an objective look at your life. I was in a rut and just wallowing in it. I knew I had to change but was scared because it was all I knew. "Unravel Me" is me giving myself the ultimatum of staying in a rut, wearing myself down, or getting out of it and knowing that everything will fall into place afterward.

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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