Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Foxglove

25th March 2019

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

‘Car Radio’ was the first song that we ever wrote together collectively as a new set up of Foxglove. We had all been listening to a variety of different genres of music at the time, which resulted in the sound that we got from this track. ‘Car radio’ was born through taking inspiration from indie bands, rock bands and pop groups.

There’s a funny story about how the first line of the song came about, because our singer, Abi, writes her lyrics in the notes in her phone, where she also writes her to do lists. She mistakenly took ‘I need a new car Radio’ as lyrics as opposed to a task, and that’s where the foundations of the lyrics began.

How did you approach writing this song?

Joe (bass) came to us with a rough idea of a song structure and played a raw version of it, then Abi wrote vocals and lyrics around the track with the help of Joe for a few lines. Ryan (guitar) then took Joe’s chords and wrote his own guitar part from this, which resulted in catchy riffs throughout the track. And Liam wrote the drums, where he wanted the track to feel punchy, anthemic and fit for an arena, hence the ‘large’ sounding drums opening the track.

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

It’s got to be the opening line, ‘I need you like, I need a new car Radio’. It’s the hook of the song and very memorable. We want people to have this stuck in their heads all day!

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Anthemic, pop-infused, ambient.

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

BIMM has been great. Taking inspiration from our peers has developed the maturity of our sound a lot.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The connections, the networking and being around other creative people everyday who help your sound to evolve.

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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.