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Monday, October 23, 2006

It's Hard to Know

Here's a little snippet from POST from the still-in-progress Hot Water Music chapter:

Then there’s “It’s Hard to Know,” featuring a call and response with the immortal line of “live your heart and never follow.” The interesting thing is, this part was not in the song when they entered the studio. This wasn’t the sole empty spot; Schreifels recalls other songs having entire instrumental parts with no lyrics. He urged the band to write more lyrics, so more lyrics were written on the spot in the studio. “They would go in the other room and they’d just come back with some insanely inspirational thing that I’ve seen people just losing their mind to,” Schreifels remembers. “They really understood how to tap into people’s enthusiasm, hopefulness and rebellious spirit in a real positive way.”

In the case of the call-and-response in “It’s Hard to Know,” “I was like, ‘Dude, you can’t have this instrumental section. You gotta have something there. And we gotta have some back and forth or something like that,’” Schreifels says. “And then Chuck goes, ‘How about ‘live your heart and never follow’? I was like, ‘Great.’”

Short, compact and memorable, No Division focuses on just what the title alludes to: zero distance between the people who make the music and the ones that listen to it. “You read the lyrics,” Wollard says, “there’s no question what the songs are about.” “There’s [sic] certain bands that have the kind of [attitude] like, ‘We are the band, you follow us and you’re in the audience,’” Schreifels says. “I think with Hot Water, it’s more like, ‘We are the band. We are the audience. You’re a part of us and we’re a part of you.’ And I think that comes through in their music.”

1 comment:

Eric said...

I owe you like two podcasts. Been busy. Soon grasshopper...