Singled Out: Pat Valley + The Population's
This is the first song that I wrote for this project and it was certainly the most challenging to complete. Sometime in the latter half of 2014, I thought that it was time for me to branch out from other artists' projects and create something of my own from the ground up. I decided to avoid limiting myself to strict guidelines or a specific genre on the EP, but I knew that I wanted one of the songs to feel cinematic with a handful of twists and turns; something along the lines of "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", which is absolutely one of my favorite songs (hey, no pressure...).
It started smoothly enough: the intro came together all at once. The first riff after the intro came from a voice memo I recorded on my phone 5 months earlier and I was thrilled to have found a use for it. I wish I could say what followed was easy and pleasant, but it was about a month of me racking my brain to see where each riff should lead. Every night, I'd spend a few quiet minutes on my patio to try hearing what was next. It brought on a lot of frustration, but the nights when I clearly heard an answer really made all of those headaches worth it.
Once all of the music was in place and I had built up a demo at home, I started writing lyrics. I liked the idea of an ambitious song like this having lyrics that felt poetic and somewhat familiar; I'm fairly confident that people have been writing about sh*tty things happening at sea for quite a while. Crashing waves and stormy skies aside, there are two approaches I took to writing these words: macro (global issues affecting all of us) and micro (a relationship of some kind gone sour). I wasn't sure which approach I liked better, so I decided to keep it ambiguous and let listeners develop their own interpretations.
I had some great friends on board to help bring that original demo to life and make it even better: my producer, Brad Cox (who also played bass and keys), drummer Rodney Beaubouef, and vocalist Braxton O'Neal. I listen back now, and instead of hearing any walls I hit when writing it, I hear all of the ideas that made me so excited to put this song (and this entire project) together.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and stream the entire EP right here!