Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Crying Beauty Queens

3rd June 2019

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

The track was written about a relationship in which one person is always put down. It discusses feelings of being talked about in a negative way as well as constantly receiving hateful comments. Although this song seems depressing, the person eventually realises that they’re not stupid and they don’t deserve to be put down.

The lyrics in the final chorus – ‘who’s stupid?’ – work as a turn-around point where the person has had enough and fights against the comments. As the song progresses, the instrumentation builds and all the anger and frustration is finally let out in the last section, with the last line of the melody almost acting as a sigh of relief as the person lets go of all the anger.

How did you approach writing this song?

All of my songs lyrically are written from personal experiences, so when writing this song, I took a very careful approach – as I do with most of my songs. Before recording or performing live, I have to emotionally be ready to share my stories with the rest of the world as it’s a very personal part of me that is being revealed.

As with all of the music the band have produced so far, I write the lyrics and main melody on an acoustic guitar then take the song to Paddy and Alex who completely transform it into a masterpiece (if I dare say!). Paddy always thinks about how to make the song different – and in this case, unconventional – in order for the music to accommodate the story.

Alex, although new to the band, creates bewildering bass-lines that add depth to the music and bring the overall sounds together. Normally, we will write something then jam in a rehearsal room for hours to bounce around ideas and whatever feels right, we stick with.

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

Paddy and I both agree that the last section of the song where all the instruments build up is our favourite part. We love the choir-like harmonies and the emotion behind what’s happening at that point. Alex’s favourite section is the instrumental middle-8 section with the fingerpicking because of the intimacy it creates before the big build up at the end.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Unpredictable, impulsive, alternative.

How do you feel your sound has been developed from studying at BIMM?

I study Music Business as opposed to a performance course, so it’s difficult to say how I’ve developed in terms of technique. However, I’ve had the opportunity to work with various different bands around BIMM who have influenced the music that I now listen to and take inspiration from. I’ve also had the opportunity to manage an artist. This has allowed me to develop listening skills, which is obviously a very important part of being in a band. I’m more able to listen to one of our songs and make changes or judgements about what’s good and what needs improving in our music.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

For me, it’s being around so many creative people who are passionate about the same thing as I am. The course is really interesting and my knowledge in so many different areas of the industry has massively developed, however I’ve made so many different connections with people since studying at BIMM and the social environment is super friendly and supportive.

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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.