Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Nerves

11th February 2019

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

The concept behind the song is essentially a situation in which someone you’re close to is going through a really difficult time or has a serious problem going on in their life and even though you want to help, you can’t find any words to console them or reassure them. I think it’s a scenario that we’re all familiar with in one way or another. It’s essentially about our frustration at being in that situation and not having any help to offer.

How did you approach writing this song?

I had the idea for the chord progression for a few weeks, just kind of playing it to myself every once in a while, and then one night in my room, I started playing that kinda jagged strumming pattern for the verses and just went off on that and came up with the whole structure and the lyrics in the one night. Then, the first time we played with our bassist charlie, we went down to his house in Spiddal, really close to the sea, and just stayed in his garage working on the arrangement and altering the structure for like 2 days. The full band version came together super quick, we we’re all just buzzing off each other and felt super inspired.

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

“And I don’t have the answers my friend, but for my sake I’m gonna pretend” is my favourite line, mostly because while the rest of the song is focusing on the person with the real problem or issue, this line is me kind of turning the mirror on myself and alluding to the fact that if I pretend like I have a solution or a way to help, it might take some of the guilt off my own shoulders. It’s kind of selfish in a way. It’s not supposed to come across in a good way. I think its important sometimes to highlight the negative aspects of yourself in songs, or else it’s not really you.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Loud, ethereal, aggressive!

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

Being around so many musicians basically 24/7 has made me pick up stuff from people, intentionally or not. It’s helped me to figure out what I like and what I don’t like. Most of all, it’s helped to teach me how to stand out and develop an individual sound, because if you don’t in a place like BIMM, it can be really easy to get lost in a crowd.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

Meeting a community of like minded people, who share your interests and ambitions!

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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.