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Like the other 4 tracks on the E.P. it was recorded in our living room, AKA: Fort Hannah Court Studios. I (Marcelo Cervone) played all the instruments on the track bar the solo guitar, which you can hear at the end — that is a product of the best lead guitarist I’ve ever had the privilege of working with — Marek Woloszyn. He’s a beast.
The musical inspiration for the song is eclectic. The opening chords, even though they may remind you of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxey Lady”, were actually written before I’d ever heard that song in my life. The true inspiration for the opening chords was a song called “Kielbasa” by Tenacious D, believe it or not…
The verses are lyrically and rhythmically influenced by Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”, while the drum beat itself is inspired by Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”. The chunky chords you hear in the chorus are inverted (with the 5th of the chord used as a bass note) in a way that reminds me of a Linkin Park chorus, the likes of “What I’ve Done”, and the progression itself uses the same intervals you hear in the Lenny Kravitz song “Fly Away”.
The big run down at the end of each chorus and into the bridge may have been inspired by “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N Roses, though the real feeling behind it comes from my fascination with fucking with rhythms. Rhythm fucking is something Biffy Clyro do very well, like in the song “That Golden Rule”. Biffy are another huge influence in my songwriting.
The bridge is definitely inspired by grunge — I was channelling my Kurt Cobain in that anthemic-sing-along-middle-8, specially when I started linking the vowels from word to word: “Deny, I deny, I deny…”, like you hear in “You Know You’re Right” and so many other Nirvana classics.
The solo at the end is pure Slash: one of Marek’s idols.
The thematic inspiration for this song is denial. Denial is something I believe I’ve become an internal expert on, finding it easier and easier to identify when I’m lying to myself, though there’s still a long way to go… I think a lot of people can relate to this because we’re all lying to ourselves in one way or another.
The key feeling within Human is frustration and the cathartic release of that through a bitchin’ ROCK anthem! This frustration is partly due to what you hear in the opening line: “I’m sick and tired of always wanting what I can’t have” — another feeling I’m sure many can relate to… It’s also partly due to how easy it is to lie to myself and to distort reality, leading to a constant and inevitable search for “home”.
Denial is actually a topic that reverberates throughout the entire E.P. and some of my recent compositions. Speaking of which, there’s a bonus track to “Awake”, which we’ll be announcing the release of soon! Exciting times!
The E.P. is definitely constructed like a mini-album in the sense that the songs are absolutely track-listed, they tell a story and there’s an arc in that story, like a 5-act play. There’s a theme that unites the songs and they were hand picked out of many other songs I’ve already written and finished, but which didn’t quite make the cut for this particular awesome assembly.
In addition, I’ve prepared a playlist on Spotify to go with this post so you can listen to all these influences back to back and have your face-melted down to the bone!