Write Into It: January 17, 2018
The Wildeyes' take on one of their favorite compositions
"In My Head"
Statistically, I can be substantially incomplete/ Believe you me, I am a disease
You wash your hands and you'll come clean/ But I'm the beast who gets no sleep/
Dancing around you seems impossible to do/ When the stones that's in my head tend to make it to our bed
Charles Brown: I am honored to interview one of the newest driving forces in town, the Wildeyes! Thank you so much for presenting your song "In My Head". It has such a groove that you can move to, but the lyrics are rather intense. What came about first? The instrumentation or the songwriting?
Brad Walker (singer): Thanks so much! The lyrics came first. I brought them to (guitarist) Nick (Hayes) and he came back with this smoky blues riff and it took off from there.
CB: Would you say that within the process of writing that this was a therapeutic experience? The lyrics almost come across like a journal entry.
BW: It's all therapeutic. This is the only way we know how to convey this inner dialogue. We feel in music.
CB: You mention "stones" that are in your head. Because it's figurative, what are you referring to in that line?
BW: The "stones" are these weighty, guilty, compounded feelings I'm carrying with me.
CB: Are you guys comfortable with approaching dark and personal themes such as this?
BW: We are comfortable with writing songs that let people know they aren't alone, but we also like to write songs that make people forget their problems and have fun.
CB: What would you say to those who are suffering from guilt and self-sabotage?
BW: To those who suffer from these "stones," I'd just like them to know that we all make mistakes. Love yourself.
Charles Brown can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org