W E A R R I V E A L I V E // D A C H A U
Track 4 from M Y F R I E N D , T H E B O M B M A K E R
I N T E R V I E W C O N T … (Part 4)
What has been the process of writing your songs / EP ?
Adam : I think almost everything we’ve written has been as a group. Somebody will think of something or be trying something new that they want to work out or stumble upon something that sounds good and it’ll catch. Either another guitar line, or drum beat, something that allows the idea to expand into a song.
Ben : Well usually, one of us, mostly Andy, comes to a jam with some sort of idea, be it a guitar line or whatever and we just jam it out and new ideas spawn. The guts of the sopng is usually written in one or two jams.
Michael : It’s a pretty simple method actually. We all show up at practice and one or more of us may have some cool idea which we’re itching to show the lads. So we all hear it out and invariably one of us, while listening, will have another idea to complement the first. Before we know it, we’re all jamming out the ideas together, trying out different sounds for a while as something takes shape. From there, we do some pruning and shaping, and let the idea(s) mature for a few weeks while we think them over. Sometimes we’ll have the guts of an entire tune taken care of in a single jam. That’s always awesome.
Andrew : There’s a particular impulsive feeling when we write songs. We try to jam twice a week normally and a lot of the time our songs will just come out of something that someone is randomly playing. I’d love to be able to say that we all go and ponce around and get divine inspiration from mother nature or something else just as corny but sadly that just isn’t the case. Frankly, we just go with whatever comes in the moment and pour whatever experiences we’ve had from the last week into it.
Are you aiming for an emotion / feeling when you are writing each piece?
Neil : I guess we just jam and see what happens. I don’t think there’s any hidden deeper meaning for me anyway… well maybe there is… I suppose “A Lethal Black Ooze” is about how much I love my dog
Adam : Happiness. But not in the way you think. It’s more of a happiness with the song for ourselves, if we enjoy playing it and are happy with how it sounds we consider that a success. Sometimes a suggestion of a slow song or a high energy song comes out but rarely an emotion. I think we all of smile when we’re playing the songs. I do anyway.
Ben : Most of our tunes have a range of emotions
Michael : Not at all. It’s more the other way around for me, the emotion when writing is what gives the piece gravity in the first place. Then the emotion snowballs with the piece until both fuel eachother. It’s like, transcendic man.
Andrew : Um… I like to think that our songs do have stories inside the music, we spend a lot of time on dynamics and stuff to try and pave a way through the story. Emotions and stuff I figure will come with whatever the person makes of the song themselves but we generally name the songs to give the people listening an idea of what we were visualising in our heads when we wrote them…
Is the aim to be quite filmic / epic?
Neil :I don’t think so but I guess “Dachau” would make a pretty sweet soundtrack for a flick.
Adam : No, though there is always a visual applied to each song. It might come after we’ve written it but the the name of every song ties into what the song makes us see. Andy is pretty good at coming up them. He’s preparing some live visuals for us at the moment.
Ben : We just try to write tunes we think are good. Chuffed if people think they’re epic
Michael : We would be hugely chuffed if we managed to get something onto a soundtrack. Whether it’s for some epic film or something more chilled we wouldn’t mind. But we don’t have that in mind while writing. We just think ballsy and go from there.
Andrew : I’m very into video games and have been from a young age. When I turned 19 I began to think about how cool it would be to do soundtracks for video games and films and such. It’s become a bit of an obsession, so the music I make will portray a certain feeling or event that i’ve experienced or observed. And when I hear the songs again I can envisage the exact event its supposed to be a soundtrack for.
Favorite song of your own?
Neil : Slow Fall
Adam : For a time it’s always the newest one we’ve written which at the moment would be 3 years. Out of all of them though……I think You, Me and the Wall. It’s not recorded but I love playing it.
Ben : On the EP - Dachau, although I’m really into a tune we’ve been writing called ‘3 Years’
Michael : Dachau.
Andrew : I really enjoy playing some of our newer songs like 3 Years and Slow Fall. I doubt anyone knows them by name sadly as they’re not recorded. At the moment our set is mixed with songs on this current EP and ones that we’re writing at the moment and it’s always loads of fun playing new songs.
W E A R R I V E A L I V E // M Y F R I E N D , T H E B O M B M A K E R E.P.
We Arrive Alive are : Neil Dexter, Adam Faulkner, Ben Healy, Michael Naude & Andrew McGurk.
Cover Photo Credit : Niamh Forbes