Ever wanted to find out what inspired a particular song?
Was it based on personal experience or simply passive observation?
What happened in the recording studio or on stage to make one song sound different from the rest?
These are just some of the question bands and musicians attempt to answer in Line 'em Up - the newest page of The Power Of Metal.Dk.
This is where your favourite bands comment on their albums, track by track, because as someone once said, “Ideas are the building blocks of ideas”.
Here’s a chance for you to tell our readers about
your debut album “Grind the Oceans”.
And now onto “Grind the Ocean”… track-by-track,
what inspired you, what topics are you dealing with, what do what to express
with this song etc.
2) Floods of Colour - This song is largely inspired by the writer Samuel Beckett. It is about how greater powers of systems of authority control people, not through explicit repression but through subtle manipulation of habits, hopes and aspirations. It relates more to how culture manipulates us as individuals.?
3) DMB (FDP) - Lyrically this is probably the most chaotic but that is a reflection of the content. This song was written when we were at university and deals with the effects of drug taking. Mostly its about how the emotions and the high felt from a lot of drugs, mostly 'party drugs', are fleeting and momentary. Its not an anti-drug song just some thoughts about them.
4) Anomalous Materials - "Without a number to know time by" - make of that what you will.
5) Animal King - Structural this is probably the simplest song and maybe also lyrically. Its mostly about the 'death drive' - a desire to die, self-destruct and be nothing once more. Many people may be thinking by this point that I need to cheer up and perhaps write a love song, or something more light hearted, and I'm now beginning to think I will.
6) Circassian Beauties - This song is about a beautiful girl called Circassian - no, of course not its much more pessimistic than that! For a while I was quite influenced by the Situationist, mainly French and Belgian philosophers. Their writing is very poetic and playful for philosophers. The line "the last actor should film his own death" from Raoul Vaneigem really hit me as a beautiful image of isolation, and how our culture and ideology can often alienate us.?
7) Sections - Again this was a song inspired by literature. It is inspired by Alighieri's?Inferno?and is probably the darkess track on the album. It is inspired by a scene in hell where Dante speaks to a man who tells him that he was imprisoned with his family in a locked cell and left to die. The man tells how before he died himself he ate the flesh of his own children, 'the hunger had more Power than even sorrow.' Happy stuff!!!!!
8) Seagraves - Interlude track. You sometimes need a musical sorbet after subject material as heavy as eating your own kids.
9) Grind the Ocean - This was hugely inspired by the American film maker 'Maya Deren'. She is an amazing artist and is owed a lot by directors such as David Lynch, and most other 'Arthouse' film-makers. The song deals with how we approach and decode imagery and symbolism, and the fact that our unconscious speaks to us through symbols and imagery in our dreams. But how do their meanings change between a dream and reality and where do the boundaries lie??
Tell us a bit about the artwork – who made it etc. and how important do you feel it is to have a cool artwork?
Kim Taylor from
Puppydust.co.uk designed the artwork. Its always
important to reflect the music in a visual way and Kim has done amazingly
well with the artwork on 'Grind the Ocean'. It works as a piece of art on
its own but Kim also really engaged with the music to produce this awesome,
Check us out at www.thesafetyfire.com - and we hope to be in Denmark some time soon!!!!!
Kenn Jensen, February 2012