Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Parallel Lines – Spectrum Of Stuff

30th January 2019

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Fresh from the release of their debut album ‘How Can You Live With Yourself’, new generation indie-rock collective Parallel Lines presents their latest single, ‘Spectrum of Stuff’. The band speaks to BIMM Berlin about their inspirations, their songwriting process and making it as artists in Berlin while striving to remain as independent as they can.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION/IS THERE A STORY BEHIND THE TRACK?

When we write a song we always start with the instrumentals. This way we can feel the song’s energy and create a meaning behind the feeling. For us, the song felt like standing on top of a mountain and feeling powerful, yet so small. Gunnar Lines and Laura Jiménez were brainstorming on what makes us feel powerful…
First of all, accepting your weakness – it makes you stronger as a person if you accept your flaws. You can work on them to improve or simply ignore them. You have the power over your weakness.

Secondly, listening to your inner voice because she/he is always right. Do not be afraid to show who you really are. We, as a band, stand behind self-expression and showing who you really are. No matter how crazy or weird the world tries to paint those individuals to be. Last of all, the song is about feminism and feeling empowered in belonging in a group. These days a lot of women find protection and a connection within these groups. This creates a form of empowerment.

WHAT DID YOUR PROCESS INVOLVE?

We are on a quest to be as independent as possible. We recorded the song in Gunnar’s apartment and the drums at noisy. A good friend gave me a very inspiring record from Jay Reatard – ‘Matador Singles’ – recorded in his own house. Our audience can expect more of this DIY attitude from us in the future. Our current DIY journey is not finished yet, though; we asked Henrik Dohrn to mix and master this single for us. He is the only person involved from outside the band.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE LINE/SECTION OF THE SONG?

Laura: The lyric ‘I’m not afraid of anything. Nothing to prove, nothing to lose. There’s no shame’.

Gunnar: The guitar solo where he switches from slide to straight-up shredding. This was an absolute challenge when recording, because of the slide on his ring finger.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN THREE WORDS?

Alternative, sweet (and sometimes) random.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT STUDYING AT BIMM?

Laura: The best thing about BIMM is the people I got to meet and work with over the past two years.

Gunnar: It’s very inspiring to see so many great musicians doing their own thing. BIMM is like this community that connects and teaches you how to be an independent profession musician. I looked at many schools in the Netherlands, but there is nothing like BIMM.

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Author

Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen

Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen is a Berlin based writer, translator, and BIMM Bristol graduate currently acting as music editor for Indie Berlin. She has an MA in Musicology from Oxford Brookes University and works in management at independent Kreuzberg label Mesanic Music.