GET YOUR GUN’s stories behind “The Worrying Kind”: interview with musicNOW

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Get Your Gun are going to play some shows in Europe in March and April and they will visit Poland for the first time ever. The band will play in Warsaw’s venue Hydrozagadka on 15. March 2015. The Polish website musicNOW took the opportunity before the show, to ask Get Your Gun about some stories behind the songs from the band’s debut album “The Worrying Kind” – an album, that won our hearts at Good because Danish.

You can find the interview in Polish HERE. For those of you, who aren’t fluent in Polish, we present the English version of the talk. Find out about the stories behind “The Worrying Kind” album songs below:

“Tender Lies”

“Tender Lies” is the last song on the record and it’s the most drowsy song on the album. It was also the last song we recorded and usually we’re all big control freaks, but this song was actually recorded drunk – we all had a red wine buzz going on! Don’t know if it’s noticeable. This song was also the reason that we brought an old Hammond organ and a leslie to the studio. I could feel it in my back 2 days after – it’s really really heavy and the only way to get to the studio is up these small stairs. So along the way we decided to use it on other songs as well – one song is not worth the broken backs! I also play this small mandocaster on the track. It’s one guy in the states who makes these small guitars – Teo Guitars is the name of the company. It’s really a unique instrument that sounds like nothing else! I think the design is an old Vox design that kind of disappeared throughout the years and then he decided to pick it up!

“Staying For A While”

It’s an old song and it was included on our EP, but we decided to bring it on the album, because it’s a good song and because the album would get released in many new countries. I remember what I said right before we had to record it: “This one will be easy!” Never say that – I guess that recording something with that mindset is never good. We had to do quite a few takes before we had it! But it’s also always difficult to record something you recorded before – it’s like this ghost haunting your perception of things.

“Black Book”

We really wanted this song to be as heavy as possible – not talking about metal now – the weight of the song! Especially in the sections where I yell “Black Book” – let’s call it a chorus. We tried to put a lot of extra bass tracks on those sound explotions, but it didn’t really work. After a lot of trial and error, we decided to try with a piano’s deeper register. It only took one try to hear that it worked wonders! It just made the explosions a lot more deep and extreme! We did the same thing with some sections of the song “Sometime”! But many people have been asking if the intro noise of “Black Book” is a piano as well. It sounds like it is, but it’s actually not. It’s me banging on a hollowbody guitar with a fuzz, that tracks two octaves lower + a octaver pedal which also adds 1 octave down. There is also some good stories regarding the making of the music video! We can take them some other time!

“The Worrying Kind”

I went to the academy of music in Denmark, but I only lasted 1 year – it just wasn’t for me! If I had to be really unfair, I would say that the only good thing I got out of it was the song “The Worrying Kind”! We had this workshop week at school and I chose the songwriting lectures and we had this Danish songwriter as a teacher. I had actually been listening to her a lot, so I was quite excited about it. After the first meet up, every student in the class got one small dogma and we were told to go to our rooms and write something based on that. I didn’t have a room, so I sat out in this common house and tried to make something out of it. The basics of the song occured quite fast and I felt that this was something special. The songwriting teacher walked around to every student and listened to their ideas. When it was my turn, we talked a bit and then I started to play the song. Because it was this common house, the lights would go out automatically if you were really still and we were just sitting down. So when I started singing (I used to talk so loud, so I could hide my doubt) the lights just went out and stayed like that throughout the whole song. That was a special moment and it really just suited the whole vibe of the song!

“Call Me Rage”

The riff of “Call Me Rage” was actually supposed to be the fundament of a slow slow song. A lot of my ideas are like that. I make something that I stubbornly say has to be slow and patient – or the opposite – sometimes it ends up like that, but sometimes we end up turning it around and it becomes something completely different! Like “Call Me Rage” did. I guess it’s the fastest song we’ve ever written – which isn’t very fast at all!


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