Idle Hours - Happiest Place on Earth

Track of the Week

It’s Monday, and we’ve got another Track of the Week to share with you all. This week it comes from BIMM Manchester’s Idle Hours with “Happiest Place On Earth”

What was the inspiration behind your track?
The initial inspiration for the track came after reading about how young actors and actresses in the 1930’s and 40’s would travel to Hollywood in search of fame, and when it didn’t happen they would jump to their death off the Hollywood sign; which is what the opening lyric is a reference to. And the theme then developed into the sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein which is where a lot of the lyrics got their inspiration.

What did your songwriting process involve?
We made a rough demo in our singers flat, our guitarist Tom wrote the majority of the music while our singer Jack wrote the lyrics and melody; we then took it to rehearsals where our drummer and bassist had their input and made the parts their own.

What do you try and do differently to make your sound stand out?
With this track, we wanted it to be very ‘in your face’ from start to finish, as both our other releases have been more intricate and lyric-driven. The song is extremely aggressive to match the lyrical content; the drums are a mixture of studio recording and midi in order to flesh them out as much as possible, and the wild guitar screams after the first chorus are also taken from the original demo.

Describe your sound in 3 words…
Intricate contemporary melodic

Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
Wolf Alice were definitely an inspiration for this one, the shouts of ‘palm trees’ and ‘bleeding’ in the chorus are directly influenced by their track ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’, and I think other tracks like ‘Giant Peach’ and ‘Yuk Foo’ influenced the aggression of the song, which they’re masters of.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The experience of the tutors and the industry connections that they bring. One-to-one tutorials with tutors have helped us as a band more than anything since we’ve been at BIMM. We can receive advice and feedback from a whole range of tutors on different aspects of our project – it’s something that every student should take advantage off while studying at BIMM

How has BIMM helped you develop as an Artist?

We’ve played quite a few freshers and refreshers gigs for BIMM, which have helped us massively as a band. Our first ever performance together was for the very first freshers gig at The Ritz which was incredible, and since then we’ve played gigs at Gorilla and Night People.

What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Never stop writing and always stay true to the song.

Anything exciting coming up you can share?
We’ll be playing a headline show at Night and Day on October 3rd as well as performing for Indie Week and M20 festival and supporting DECO at Gullivers on November 3rd.

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POSTED ON: September 10, 2018
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