Singled Out: Inglorious' High Flying Gypsy

Inglorious released their self-titled debut album today (February 19th) and to celebrate we asked Nathan James to pick one of the songs from the album to tell us about. He selected the track "High Flying Gypsy". Here is the story:

The reason I chose this is because it's the most personal song to me on the record. It's a character I created that is inspired by a member of my family and the fact that actions they took and decisions they made in the past are not forgotten and not everyone can forgive. It's also a song I co wrote on the album with Al Pitrelli [Megadeth, Alice Cooper, TSO] backstage at an arena in the US whilst on tour with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. We were in Al's dressing room before a show and he said "this riff is great, very zeppelin" I loved it straight away and was humming out a verse instantly.

Its one of the only times on the album that my voice is low, which has always been a challenge for me. I much prefer to be in my upper register. But I think it adds unease to the performance and an almost sinister delivery. This is made easier because I'm singing about someone I don't really care for.

I am a new writer. This album is my writing debut and I wrote 98 percent of the lyrics on it. I was initially petrified by the idea of putting my feelings and emotions into words but what I found when I started was that I had a lot to say and talk about. 27 years on this planet and I had never written them down.

My lyrics are not hugely deep or difficult to understand but that's cos I wrote them. I don't claim to be a genius or even very intelligent. I just wanted to write songs I could sing honestly and really convey truthfully as I have spent my whole performing life so far singing the words of other writers. This can sometimes be very challenging.

I have never connected to anything as much as I do these songs and this one in particular.

The way we recorded the song as with our whole album was live. We wanted vibe, reality and truth and that's what this song does. There was no click track, auto tune and no overdubs. That is what happened in that room on that day and it will never be exactly the same again. That's how music to us should be. A series of moments that cannot be repeated. The only thing I will try and repeat is the emotion of each song and make sure the audience hears my stories.

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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