The last couple of months have been tough. Ever since we got back from the States we’ve been wanting to unleash our songs live but sadly, gigs have been hard to come by. To be honest, I probably hadn’t been trying THAT hard to get us shows but I’d sent a fair few emails out with no replies. With our last band it was easy- we got plenty of interest straight away and gigs flowed like cheap wine, but I’m starting to think that was mainly because we had the word ELECTRO in the subject line. There doesn’t seem to be as many live music venues around now for Indie bands made out of guitars as there used to be and our lack of shows was really starting to get me down.
Maybe our music’s not good enough?
Maybe people don’t want to hear guitars anymore?
What if we put some synthesisers over the top?
Plenty of questions…but not too many answers.
In retrospect the break has been good. It meant I got to concentrate on writing some new songs rather than just practicing the ones we’ve already got. And probably the best of the bunch came together in the space of 2 hours. Here’s the story…
I have a bad habit of sitting down in front of my Mac in the spare bedroom/studio- willing myself to write something moving, unique, original and mindblowing… But usually I just end up going through endless short pieces of noise I’ve recorded over the years, except that this particular night I got lucky. There was a short riff I’d recorded, only a couple of bars long and just set up on a loop. For whatever reason, a bassline just entered my head which seemed like it would fit perfectly. I picked up the bass to put it down and after I’d done the take, more notes seemed to magically appear to form what would become the major riff of Flavour of The Month. But my fingers weren’t finished- I wanted something wacky for the chorus and it came straight away. To me it echoes the left of centre bass riffs that I love so much from all of the Metronomy recordings (if you haven’t heard them before you need to- one of my definite favourite bands).
I fired up some drums and let loose on my jazzmaster- again it all just seemed to fit together perfectly. And then it was time for the lyrics, something that always seems to take me an eternity. This night I had something I really wanted to express and they flowed out so easily the song was practically finished in the space of 2 hours.
I was angry at myself for wanting to change our sound and give up so easily. I never wanted to be in a band that wrote songs based on whether they would be popular or not. And so the lyrics for Flavour of the month are meant to reflect all the things we could be, but aren’t- and we make no apologies for it. I always wanted to write songs that had an old-school vibe to them but I still wanted them to be OUR songs- not just an updated version of something that’s already been done. And in the end we came out with something that makes me want to shake my head, stomp my feet and gnash my teeth. If it makes anyone else feel the same way- great. But if it doesn’t then at least we’re happy, and that’s what its all about in the end.