It’s Sunday morning and I am feverishly trying to finish the ‘behind the scenes’ origin story stuff for my new album, Demon.
For the last few CDs I’ve done a series of blogs or vlogs about each song on the album, so it seemed natural to do that for Demon too. But it’s got a bit….bigger. Because I thought it would be fun to do some nerdy musician how-to-play-the-song stuff too. It seemed like a good way to exorcise the Demon.
Basically I’ve given myself lots of music work at the same time as the day job is madly busy too. I’ve not even got time to write depressing things on pictures to motivate you all in the mornings. There is lots to do.
Because the album is out on Friday, and that means I need to have at least some of this stuff ready to share by then.
Demon is 9 songs of rock and weird. It’s guitars and tentacles, wizards and hermits, drums and demons. It’s rocking out and eating insects, being trapped in a cave, hating all humanity. It’s joyous choruses about evil creatures and strange happenings.
It’s well good. Yeah, I’m biased. But it is you know.
(The picture is my laptop screen showing the caption for the origin story for Modern World, the second track)
I’m doing a little lyric video for the title track from Demon. So of course, I’ve got a load of footage of insects.
One of my favourite things to do at a gig is create little moments where at least one person in the audience has to do a little double-take and think ‘wait, what is this song about?’. Song titles like ‘Some of the creatures…’ songs about replacing your body parts with mechanical alternatives, or in the case of Demon, the lyrics in the middle section:
And the strange things that you think you’ve eaten Are playing on your mind The many, many-legged creatures That you scratched through leaves to find.
This is one of several lyrical images in the album that I think are really affecting. Others include:
Tentacles writhing through your hair in a romantic embrace (don’t tell me you haven’t thought about that before).
Attaching message after message to balloons and sending them off into the air in a desperate attempt to find some sort of human interaction.
Forcing sour-sweet rotting things into your mouth while you huddle at the bottom of a cave.
LIttle creatures with teeth and tails cavorting about the place while you’re asleep.
A pug-ugly serial killer parading his drugged-victims in front of others to convince the world he’s attractive really.
It’s a happy little album is what I’m saying.
While we’re waiting for the final album to be released, here’s an acoustic version of the title track:
Demon is out on 26th July, but if you want to hear some of the songs in advance you can do one of the following:
Click the ‘Join the Demon List’ button up the top of this website.
Click here to meet my irascible facebook messenger bot the Slatterbot
James ‘Itinerant Banker’ Turner, BEM’s marketing honcho* sat down with me on the ol’ skype to have a little chat about the new album. The last third of that chat got cut off but it was just fart jokes so you miss nothing.