Track One: ‘Whiskey in a Smoky Room’
Derived from the tales of life after death, ‘Whiskey in a Smoky Room’ is best described as a melting pot of influences.
The song takes the best from a large range of rock genres, combining a classic rock structure with alternative rock sounds and touches of psychedelic rock influences throughout.
This track feels like an end goal of a sound we were chasing through a lot of song writing sessions during lockdown, and the recorded version sounding like a perfect middle ground to our live performance.
We really love this track.
Track Two: ‘Light my Flame’
This track portrays the heart of TEN12 and was our first attempt at writing something a bit heavier and more alternative than our initial classic rock-tinged sound.
We released it as a demo halfway through 2020 before we ever played it live. Quickly becoming our highlight of the set at the time, it’s evolved as a song as we’ve road tested it through all sorts of venues.
This recording is one of our favourites, capturing a raw and heavier side to TEN12 and it feels like Liam has really nailed what he wants for the vocals. The lyrics in LMF explore the challenges faced day-to-day as a young adult, while leaving meaning in the air for anyone to grab.
It’s your song, whatever you want it to be.
Track Three: ‘Love Looks’
We wrote this track around the same time as ‘Whiskey’ with Jack and Liam presenting the band with a fully-fledged song that would later give us the chance to experiment with wider textures to our “norm”.
Derived from the band’s interpretation of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Shakespeare, ‘Love Looks’ incorporates a synth orchestral piece that sends listeners to a mind-bending and dreamlike world.
We wanted to expand our tonal palette by bringing acoustic instrumentation, mellotron strings and a heavy focus on instrumentation and textures to create sounds that may seem out of the ordinary for a rock band.
If you listen closely, you’ll hear direct quoting from Shakespeare, “Love Looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
Track Four: ‘Dirty Woman’
Similar too ‘Light My Flame’ this song is a refined sound of our previous years as a band, with Liam and Luke writing it back in 2019.
‘Dirty Woman’ is by far our most classic rock sounding and has proven to be a crowd favourite since its live debut. We knew we had to get this track onto this EP because if we didn’t record it now, we probably never would.
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