Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Nerves

9th April 2019

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

I wrote the song when I was 17, so it’s probably one of the oldest in our set. It’s essentially about escapism from the really boring nature of teenage life in rural Ireland. It’s kind of a description of driving around town in the early morning after a house party or something and really trying to make this mundane situation seem dramatic and romanticised.

How did you approach writing this song?

I wrote the bass riff myself, which was the first time I’ve done that really (because I’m usually a guitarist). I decided it would be better-suited to having these ambient synth sounds, rather than putting guitar on top of it, because it didn’t seem like it would that much to the song. Adam and I then just jammed it out and structured it in his attic.

But when Charlie joined the band in late 2017, we started approaching the track differently, adding more effects and distortion and turning it into a much heavier song. Thats when I got the idea to just have guitar in the last section, just to make some indiscernible noise; adding that kind of ‘Girl Band’ influence that I’d wanted to have in our tracks for a while.

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

“Town is empty and those dull streets are all mine”.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Noisy, spacey, hectic.

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

We’ve incorporated a lot of different styles into our music from seeing other people play or having our music tastes influenced by people in college. We never shy away from mixing different genres and styles in our music anyway, because I find it quite limiting to try write in one genre.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The friends that you meet who share similar interests and spur you on to be better, both in music and as a person.

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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.