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Music has done a lot for us. Some great songs have motivated us and given us a boost of confidence. Those songs are the sound track to your life when you first get your mojo back after a breakup. They are what give you the pep in your step when you’re going to a new school for the first time. Those songs say “You better watch how you’re talking and where you’re walking or you and your homies might be lined in chalk.” The drums on “Dangerous” were driving and the verse melody was hiphop-like, so it inspired a dangerously fearless attitude that made us want to bulldoze whatever obstacles crossed our path. We didn’t want to watch out for obstacles; we wanted obstacles to watch out for us. We got a little burst of cockiness, and shot fate a message that it could go work its magic on someone else. We got this.
Growing Young started on guitar. We wrote it for each other and for anyone who is hard- working and purpose-driven. It’s about the idea of leaving a mark on the world. We opt- ed for really heavy gang vocals on the chorus because it’s a “we” song. We kind of pictured a revolution against the belief that growing up means resigning to a second-choice life. If that’s what growing up means, that’s cool, we’re just never going to do it.
BOTTLE OF PILLS:
This one started with just the verses and it followed us around for a good while before it became a full song. It was written about a friendship with someone who was, sadly, a bit of a pill-popper. This song is about finally reaching a point where you realize that addiction is bigger than you, your “help” actually isn’t helping, and you have to throw in the towel. We had been listening to a lot of Aerosmith the week that we felt inspired to finish the song, so Aerosmith melodically influenced parts of it. We didn’t even know we were influenced until a friend of ours said the chorus melody had an Aerosmith vibe! When it was production time, a lot of time had passed since the bad situation with the friend. In hindsight, it was clear that both parties were better off for having parted ways. So, that’s probably what inspired the choir. The choir made the story end with the celebration of freeing yourself from circumstances you know aren’t good for you.
LIVING IN A DREAM:
This song says, “In case you didn’t know, this band has four singers.” You can really get to know us on an individual level through this song. It’s melodic with lots of harmonies and voices coming in and out. It kind of sounds like the inside of your head when you’re zoning out or deep in thought. The voices of experience, intuition, and people who have inspired you are all buzzing around between your ears. While the chorus started off as a simple feel-good chorus, it sparked a memory for one of the Angelics of being dragged to a psychic. The psychic said the Angelic was a shaman in a former life, so the story is about modern day shaman. It was fun to write because, rather than drawing on personal experiences, it was inspired by daydreams, other-worldliness, imagination, and what could be. We rarely idly daydream, so this story has a theme of bringing visions to life, even if it takes several lifetimes.
LIVE LIKE KINGS (MEXICO):
This song wrote itself. First there were some guitar chords and chorus melody. While we were singing it to ourselves, we would throw the word “Mexico” in at the end of the hook. We had zero plans to keep it. When it came time to write the rest of the song, we thought,“If we keep the word Mexico, what would the song be about?” The track had ended up being upbeat, with synths that sound like firing a laser gun, and grit and distortion on the bass. That kind of personality reminded us of the movie True Romance and how this very genuine love story was paired up with murder, theft, and a getaway to Mexico. It’s a palatable way to tell a love story because right when you’re about to get a toothache from too much sweetness, someone gets shot or beaten senseless. For people who are a little more realistic about love, the bloody fight scenes didn’t make the love story any less real. “Live Like Kings” is a love story, whether it’s romance or a friendship. It’s about sticking with the ones you love. If it feels like the whole world is against you, you can start over and create a new world together. Love stories don’t al- ways have to be serious and heavy, so hopefully this song illustrates a different view of love- as a fun and flawed adventure.