Outside front of album cover artwork produced by Metal Yang Pig for its own recordings

Metal Yang Pig

Gravel Soul — track 4

an exclusive interview with RollerRinkRadio


Right-o. So, we’re back, streaming live from RollerRinkRadio — the world’s last best rollerskating rink — and we are about to play another excerpt from an exclusive interview we had with Metal Yang Pig members Ayesha Talib-Wissanji and Jules Honeybadger at the recent launch of their debut album Steel Magic Hawgs.


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RRR: So, an excerpt from our exclusive interview with Metal Yang Pig is coming up along with the release of their latest song Gravel Soul but, first, a word from our main sponsor, Roy from ‘Roy’s Ball Bearings’ — Roy, anything to say about this song we’re about to play after the exclusive interview excerpt?

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RRR: Nup? Nothing? No thoughts to share on the song?

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RRR: …So, thank you, Roy. That was Roy from ‘Roy’s Ball Bearings’ and now let’s run the fragment from our exclusive interview with Metal Yang Pig before we play their much awaited latest song Gravel Soul from their debut album Steel Magic Hawgs.


Exclusive interview excerpt

RRR: So, Ayesha Talib-Wissanji, you are basically from rock royalty in East Africa — your father taught himself and his brothers to play the guitar, right? They came from, shall we say, ‘humble beginnings’ and they needed income so they formed a band called The Flames, right?

ATW: Yes, that’s right, they were very poor and needed money and saw that there were opportunities to be had by using their talent so my father and the boys formed this band of theirs.

RRR: Yes, fantastic! And they eventually became outrageously popular in East Africa I understand.

ATW: Yes, quite right. They even got offered a recording contract from, ah, let’s see, Polydor I think it was, from memory, Polydor Records — but it wasn’t to be, you see, because the two younger boys wanted to go to America for college and my mother — at that point his girl — said she ‘would not be married to a pop star’. So that was the end of it for that time.

RRR: She put the ol’ kibosh on the whole lot. Haha. Outrageous. Ayesha Talib-Wissanji, would you say your father is responsible for your love of music?

ATW: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely responsible. But more than that, you see, because not only do I love music because of my father’s influence, as well as my uncles’, but the fact that I love all types of it is on account of him also. In fact it has nicely flowed throughout the family — my brother plays and composes on piano like a dream. I played piano and guitar also but my forte was ballet and later modern dance. Now my forte is watching and listening as well, but I have magically fallen into this thing with Jules and Metal Yang Pig and so I suppose I will continue to strengthen the lyric writing alongside my beloved Piglet.

RRR: Indeed. Piglet of course being Jules Honeybadger. Now, both you and Jules Honeybadger have been collaborating for some months now, churning out these songs for your debut album Steel Magic Hawgs… any collaborations planned with your father or uncles?

ATW: Yes, as a matter of fact I can report that I have recently collaborated with one of my uncles — my father had a stroke 3 years ago and can’t do a whole lot anymore — and so my uncle is putting music to Live Forever, a song I wrote in honour of all those who lost their lives in the Orlando shooting last year.

RRR: Yes. Live Forever, which of course was the first single released on Metal Yang Pig’s debut album, Steel Magic Hawgs, and what a beauty of a song it is too. Fantastic. Bloody good. Ayesha Talib-Wissanji, we look forward to hearing more about that as it progresses. Please will you keep us in the loop?

ATW: Of course. Yes.

RRR: Yes…

ATW: Yes… and now for something else? [coughs]

RRR: Yes… Yes. The song. Now for the song. You heard it here first on RollerRinkRadio — the world’s last best rollerskating rink. Sponsored by ‘Roy’s Ball Bearings’.


The song

GRAVEL SOUL

_____________

(Verse 1)

Watch me as I unbutton my soul

I’ll do it for you slow, I’ll watch you lose all that control

I trust you know you’ll handle me, you know you’ve got full sway

But are you ready for it now or do I dwell here in this anteroom for yet another day?

*

Should I avoid this? I hear composure’s still in vogue

I still hear the noise the gravel made, kissed gently by your leaving brogue

Restraint’s been quite a specialty but my interest in it died

The day your soul just walked right up to me and hurled itself at mine

*

Well I’ve got something to show you, here’s my soul

It’s clean right now but give it time

I’ll watch you let it kiss the gravel

*

(Chorus)

Here

Why aren’t you?

I wanna be bad all over you

Here

Why aren’t you?

I feel fatal by remote, I’m over

Here

Why aren’t you stripped completely bare, under my stare?

If you were

Here

What would here even look like?

*

(Verse 2)

Fever pitch, I’ve reached it and that’s how it’s gonna stay

I wanna pull you down and plead but what then? Just what do I say?

All these sentences, commenced but never finished, well how would I?

They make no sense, there are no words and once they’re out they change, they multiply, they fall to the ground and they die

*

This craving, is it too much, too uncool?

Is the risk too high that they’ll all see you craving for me too?

Much better I’m a thing you dabble in but never follow through

Your staunch composure hurts my eyes

It’s a dulled out drug that makes me unfeel, unsee, fills my head and your tongue with lies

*

Well I’ve got something to show you, here’s my soul

It’s clean right now but give it time

I’ll watch you let it kiss the gravel

*

(Repeat Chorus)

*

(Bridge)

I’m told I’m being impatient, that I haven’t thought this through

Really that’s a joke because that’s all that I’ve been able to do

I wanna lose it but it appears that’s not allowed

Something that I must do behind closed doors, but whose? I want it to be yours and I’m not proud

*

(Repeat Chorus)

*

(Outro)

I still hear the noise the gravel made

(I want it to be yours and I’m not proud)

Well I’ve got something to show you, here’s my soul

(I want it to be yours and I’m not proud)

It’s clean right now but give it time

I’ll watch you let it kiss the gravel


Songwriter

Jules Honeybadger, 6 January 2017

The song Steel Magic Hawgs, written by Ayesha Talib-Wissanji (Sunspirit) and Jules Honeybadger, can be found here:

The song Live Forever, written by Ayesha Talib-Wissanji (Sunspirit), and the song Q&A, written by Jules Honeybadger, can be found here:

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