Singled Out: H2NY's Love Behind You
People often ask us, "What comes first: the melody or the lyrics?" But what tends to come first is "a thought". Sounds a bit pretentious I know but it's usually an emotion, a feeling, a mood that we want to convey through music.
So I had this idea of someone dealing with the fallout from his partner's past relationships. The line that pulled it all together for me was "It's the perfect crime, I'm doing someone else's time". That seemed to embody what I was trying to say.
So I had that line and I had a melody and chords and usually I just mumble along to see if any words stick. (Listening back through the very first drafts of songs is always an eye opener). Most of what came out that day was rubbish but I kept repeating "Love behind you".
And those three words wrote the rest of the song. No matter how destructive the partner wanted to be, no matter how hard they tried to screw this up, that person would always be there for them.
In pre production we spent quite a long time getting the choppy drum groove right and then Will Brierre (mixer) did a great job making that sound cool with some loops and other bells and whistles (you can tell I'm the technical one of the band). And then from that the track builds nicely until the end, when it returns to the dream-like groove of the opening.
It's always hard to pick favourite songs but I think collectively as a band this is definitely right up there.