For today’s Tune, we asked Albury band, ELK, to fill us in on the story behind Their song “Wait”. Check it, blast it and share it:
‘Wait’ was one of the first songs we wrote together, it was written back at the start of 2016. This song is really punchy and melodic but lyrically ‘Wait’ is filled with existential angst and is about being scared to die without love or more particularly the loved one.
So pretty much we’re in Jack’s garage trying create a bunch of new material for our live set, so we wouldn’t have to play as many covers. Then from behind the drum kit Jack pulled out his little lyrics book and starts singing this really cool rhythmic passage:
-“The mystery of my love forever within”-
Jack and Jimmy just kind of locked eyes for a moment, and then James started playing this upbeat rhythmic progression on his guitar. Nick started following him and Luke looked over and mouthed his most infamous line, “what’re the chords?”.
Then this melody started to appear, something like a pre-pubescent bird stubbing it’s toe. “Ohhhhhh ahhh ah”.
It was a strange moment because for a second it kind of felt like we weren’t writing this song, more like we were uncovering it. It just kind of fell into place. In experimenting with our sound scape we ended up putting a bunch of reverb and chorus on the electric guitar making it sound a bit out of “our” little musical world.
David Wilson, who engineered and produced our EP, just made a little comment while we were recording the saxophone for this song, saying “wouldn’t it be cool if we had this little bluesy sax run at the start, like he’s in the ‘20’s under a street lamp”. And now that’s all we think about when we listen to this song.
It was a pleasure making and hopefully a pleasure listening to. If you like ‘Wait’ then check out our EP ‘Night Hour’ on all streaming platforms.
If you want your song featured for TUNES-DAY get in contact with us here. Catch ELK live Thursday November 8th at the Albion Hotel as they support Sydney rock band The Desert Sea along side local band Froffwits and Pablo Pace: