Behind the Track

Behind the Track: The Temple Keys

6th November 2018

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

The song began its journey with Jonny bringing in the main guitar riff (hook), and the “pre-chorus” riff, into the rehearsal room. As a band, we developed it into a full song, through jamming it out and feeling where parts should be placed. This helped us find a structure that flowed. Josh had the great idea of including a section where different Afro-Cuban elements are layered together, and played on different instruments. After recording a demo of the song, Tom came up with some extra vocal parts, most notably the backing vocal line in the chorus, which added a different flavor. In the studio with Jim, we adapted our parts further, probably making them simpler in many regards, to really enhance the tune.

How did you write this song?

The guitar riff came from messing about with the effects pedals, as we’re always looking for interesting textures. Jonny has a Digitech Whammy pedal, from wanting to be like Jack White, and it has a synth like timbre where it’s digitally recreating the notes. Straight away it has a unique tone, and just makes the guitar sound totally unguitar like! The song has a strong rhythmic feel, driven by different Afro-Cuban inspiration. The lyrical content is an abstract insight into the trials and tribulations of love/hate, and knowing something is bad even though it may appear beautiful and welcoming.

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

It would have to be the bridge. We worked together well on crafting the rhythmic elements, the dynamic build, and the layering to create something that really focuses the song, and then catapults it into the final chorus!

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Three words is definitely not enough, but main three would be:

– effervescent
– brazen
– proficient

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

Throughout our time at BIMM, our sound has changed because we’ve wanted to push ourselves further and find a sound which is unique to ourselves. We’ve focused on including key stylistic elements that make up the band sound. It’s down to us wanting to stand out and to push our creative boundaries.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The best thing about studying at BIMM would be having the opportunity to GET feedback off amazing tutors who can really get the best out of you. It’s priceless advice, and teaches you how to self-evaluate, so you can always strive for a higher standard of playing music.

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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.