Singled Out: Lochness Monster's Defiance

Lochness Monster

Miami-based rocker Lochness Monster are preparing to release their new self-titled EP on July 26th and to celebrate we asked lead singer Bruce Donaldson to tell us about the latest single from the effort, "Defiance". Here is the story:

A lot of the inspiration in my lyrics comes from everyday moments, either things I say or hear in conversation that just have a certain something to them. "Small price to pay for defiance" is something I joked outloud after having to play the role of disciplinarian with the kids. I knew it had a ring to it, but I never imagined it would turn into this heavy and dark song that is Defiance. We already had this melody kinda going on the guitar and it had this dark edge to it, which really gave me the green light in my writing to take the lyrics in the direction I did.

When we were writing the songs for this EP, I really wanted to create them lyrically from the angle that they're stories from characters that could fit in most anyone's life, and in Defiance I wanted to address that character who has something of a "devil may care" attitude, even after they've seen the hurt they caused. It's a song that deals a lot with guilt and acceptance, but instead of turning away from it, the character embraces it.

The chorus and verses of the song came together pretty quickly, but the bridge ended up really taking the most time to construct from a lyrical perspective. I knew I wanted to take the song for a quick turn and went through quite a few versions. I had the idea to contrast the bridge with the opening lyrics of the first verse, "Suddenly, I'm awake/I've been trapped inside another dream", and let the song fall into a dream like state, before the "chaos" builds and carries through the ending. In the studio we really got to play around with a lot of dramatic sounds to create the dark and haunting sounds we wanted while giving the song an explosive energy. The drums and bass create this almost tribal pulse while the guitar flows between effects while having this classic underlying guitar riff that is echoed in some of the vocals.

We are so excited to share Defiance with everyone. It was definitely a fun and exciting song to create for all of us, and we couldn't be happier with how it all came together.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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