Singled Out: The Candles' Believe You Now

Today The Candles frontman (and Norah Jones bassist) Josh Lattanzi tells us about the song "Believe You Now" from their brand new album "La Candelaria". Here is the story:

This song was one of the first I wrote for the batch that would eventually make up La Candelaria. Lyrically, it's pretty self explanatory. Not too many hidden messages. It's really an observation of several friends' simultaneous experiences with their significant others that didn't end up well. Most of us have experienced, at one point or another, being told they need to change certain aspects of their life or the other person ain't gonna stick around. I thought it was a universal enough theme to write about. The gist of the chorus lyrics is, "Hey, you're telling me to change or you're gonna leave. Whatever, you're bluffing. Then - the other person is gone. OK, I believe you now." Them's the breaks!

Harmonically, it's got a real mid 70's country rock sound. Post Flying Burrito Brothers with some more modern guitar elements thrown in. To me, Jason Roberts lead bits bring to mind Nels Cline of Wilco, especially in the first of the two back to back solos. Specifically, the rhythms he plays are a bit angular and not necessarily steeped in classic rock like the rest of the song. The second solo, which I play, is a most definite ode to Mike Campbell. I love everything about his playing. A heavy dose of Chuck Berry but with a bit more melody as opposed to straight blues. I don't know if it sounds like it, but that's what I was going for.

Structurally, this song ended up quite bit different than it started out. James Iha deserves some credit for this. I brought the song over to his place to get his opinion. At the time, it had a bridge with lyrics and the pre chorus was only four bars. His first idea was to have the pre chorus double up to eight bars. He thought it was hooky enough to bear repeating. Definitely a good call. That meant I had to write a few more lyrics. So I did. He also thought the bridge made things too convoluted and I agreed. Scrapped it. Also, the second guitar solo section (the one I play) has a new chord progression. It's not the typical "solo over the verse or chorus chords". So in a way it serves two functions: first as a bridge section, in that it introduces some new chord changes. Second, as a solo section. Definitely a good call on James' part to ditch the other bridge. Less is more. He knows this. He reminded me.

Hope you guys dig this tune. That's a bit of the back story.

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