Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Carl North & The Lonely Hearts

1st November 2017

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What was the inspiration/is there a story behind your track?

As a band we wanted to create something that had a lot of drive to it but had a feeling like an old Doors or even Motown record. We wanted it to be upbeat and with a decent tempo but not to be too modern. We had things like ‘LA Woman’ in mind and the idea of adding percussive elements common from the Motown sound, and I think this comes across well in the track as well as the backing vocals that build up towards the end.

Lyrically the idea came from when you see the side of someone that no-one else gets to see or the side of someone that they hide from most people. Sometimes when you spend so much time with an individual that no-one else does, you see the things that make them good or bad as a person. In this case, the ‘Worst Of You’ is – and being victim to – some of the worst traits someone has to offer. Pretty dark I guess but worked great for this song…

What did your process involve?

The track was pretty much written by myself by the time I took it to the band. However, it changed from quite simple and a lesser tempo once the band got hold of it. They added the drive and the repeating licks that are played on the guitar, plus the haunting intro and middle sections that really add to the track – it now sounds weird without them! I think that what’s so great about playing with a band is that you explore areas of a song that you wouldn’t even dream of individually and it’s really helped this track. We played it for a good while following this at shows, and myself solo, until we really nailed the direction it was going in. I think we were pretty certain early on that we would try and make a single out of it.

Do you have a favourite line/section of the song?

I think my favourite section of the song is the very end after the last chorus; the whole thing comes to a big conclusion with call and response vocals and the electric guitar kicking in over the drive of the drums and bass mixed with all the percussion. It really lifts the track up a gear and makes it sound like a big jam which is pretty much what we did recording it. I think it adds a bit more of a live feel to the track which is something we pride ourselves on. Live, this bit can just go on and on! Otherwise, the middle section vocal and where the intro comes in is again a personal favourite part of the track…

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Bone-shaking Americana Blues (I can join words together like that right?!).

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

I’ve said this before but I think it’s the diversity. It’s just a melting pot for amazing musicians, creatives, and people with a real head for the music business which for me has helped no end. BIMM themselves are really supportive of your ideas and offer far more help than if you were just diving into the industry without any knowledge, you just have to make the most of it. I came to Manchester with very little knowledge of the city and thought I knew more of the industry than I did, but myself and the band have learnt an awful lot and have come a very long way with the support of the people we’ve met.

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.