Die britischen Postpunkrocker von APOLOGIES, I HAVE NONE stellen den zweiten Teil ihres Video-Zweiteilers vor. Der Clip zu „Everybody Wants To Talk About Mental Health“ist unten zu sehen - ausserdem erklaert Frontmann und Saenger Josh McKenzie die Hintergruende zu den einzelnen Titeln der Platte im folgenden Track-by-Track:
Love & Medication
This was the first song we wrote for the album and was one of the easiest songs to write. I'm not sure why. It's not written directly from my perspective so maybe that had something to do with it. It was done way before the 'Black Everything' EP was written but I knew I wanted it on the album so we kept it aside as we worked on the EP.
This (along with some other songs on the record) is sort of about not viewing yourself as a real person. Life is something that happens to everyone else and you are just an incomplete, illusory observer.
The Clarity Of Morning
Another song that was written many many years ago. Although this was also on the Black Everything EP I knew this was going on Pharmacie. Along with 'A Pharmacy In Paris', this song sums up the album most completely. Both lyrically and musically.
This song originally came about from messing around with some new effects pedals I had got. I really like the weird, hard tremolo mixed with a shimmer. This song has a line stolen from The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It's a good book, you should read it.
Goodbye, Peace Of Mind
This is a weird song but I love playing it. It has some odd timing things and no chorus which is a bit strange for Apologies. Saying that, along with Love & Medication this is musically probably the closest to 'London' as we get on this album. Confusing!
Whilst Dan was still in the band we'd talked a bit about trying some songs that were entirely just layers of vocals. Originally I intended this to be like that, however as we worked on it it became obvious it needed some layers of instruments. Maybe if I was a better singer it could have worked as just vocals. I doubt it though. Simon and I went to a church to record live pipe organ for a few songs, including this one.
Everybody Wants To Talk About Mental Health
This song has the most obvious title. You hear a lot more nowadays how mental health issues need to be talked about more and there needs to be much more open discussion of everything surrounding it. I agree with this totally, but it doesn't stop me from having a totally opposing feeling pulling in the other direction, where I don't personally want to and don't even want to hear anyone mention mental health issues ever. In a way, that is part of the problem of having mental health issues.
It's Never The Words You Say
Another example of how we love big, poppy chorus'. We really went crazy with the guitar effects in this. It was a lot of fun to record. There are quite a few hints to the 'London' album on this.
We wanted to write a sprawling, massive song in a similar vein to some of the big M83 songs we all love. I was and still am quite hesitant about this song as I've never really sung like this before and I can't tell how well I pulled it off.
This was a tough one to finish. Up until a few weeks before finishing the record this was in a different key and had completely different lyrics. When it came time to record the vocals, after a few tries we decided it just wasn't good so set about rewriting and rerecording everything except the drums.
A Pharmacy In Paris
This song goes hand in hand with Love & Medication and so it's fitting that they bookend the album. 10 years ago I spent a lot of time in Paris as my soulmate was living there for a year. Lyrically I am most happy with this song. It sums up a lot of things from the past decade and sums up the main theme of the record completely.
“Pharmacie” erscheint am 26. August über Uncle M Music (in Kooperation mit Holy Roar Records und Animal Style Records).
Support: Blackout Problems*