It’s time to share another, brilliant, Track of the Week with you! Here’s Rusty Salt from BIMM Brighton!
What was the inspiration behind the track?
Pete Ferris (singer & guitarist): When writing the lyrics for the song, I was thinking a lot about people who step on everyone else to get what they want in life. When I see those people I often have a bit of a desire to dish out some justice and pull them back down to earth. A lot of what I write is either personal or political – I feel like this song can be interpreted in both ways.
What did your songwriting process involve?
For this song I started off with the main riff and developed the structure and guitar part from there, along with the lyrics and vocal melody. Afterwards I took the bare bones of the song to the rest of the band and they added the drum and bass parts. Jack came up with a drum part that locked in really well with the riff and heavily emphasised the dynamic changes of the different sections. For most of the song the bass part follows the guitar.
What things do you differently to other bands?
I think what we do differently to other bands is that we have a heavy rock sound but also a real songwriting sensibility, and that helps us when it comes to writing the basics of a song (guitars, lyrics and vocals) and then developing it further.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Big, heavy, raw.
Have you channelled any artist in particular on this track?
When writing this track in particular I was heavily influenced by Muse and Royal Blood – the big heavy rock riffs. I also feel the bridge of the song has a tinge of early Biffy Clyro, with the change to an odd time signature.
What’s the best thing about studying about BIMM?
For me, the best thing about attending BIMM has been studying alongside people who hold the same interests as you – people who love music and who love playing music and learning about it. When I came here I found my tribe, and I feel like I’ve made friends for life.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
The thing that’s stuck in my brain most is to support the local music scene. It sounds clichéd but going out to see your mates play gigs in their bands and buying their music and their merch is so important. As well as supporting your friends and their projects you might also discover a great band you haven’t heard of before. And if you support your friends, they’ll support you!
What’s next for you?
At the minute we’re lying low, but we’re going to be playing at Off the Record Festival at the Brunswick in Hove on Saturday 11th November. It’s an all-day event and there are some superb bands playing, so I’m really excited about it!