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Describing themselves as ‘Mid-West emo from the North East’, quartet Blame Yourself unveil their brand new single, The Chase. Here, vocalist Nic Wood attempts to explain their sound using a trio of tracks which speak to them…

Hot Mulligan – Shhhh! Golf is On

Honestly, picking a single Hot Mulligan song is really tough. I’ve listened to them since their 2016 EP and it has been amazing seeing them grow into one of the most influential mid-western emo bands. Each album has been an amazing evolution of their style, and their latest Why Would I Watch has been on repeat for me for months now. They were a large influence behind a lot of the writing styles that started Blame Yourself and there are elements of this newest album that really fed into writing The Chase. 

Free Throw – A Part is Better Than Zero

As with Hot Mulligan, Free Throw have just consistently released solid album after album. A Part is Better Than Zero is the first track off their latest album and straight away fires into catchy opening riffs, something which we have tried to capture through the opening of The Chase. It’s a bit surreal that as massive fans of the Free Throw, we are getting to play at Make a Scene Summer Jam alongside them in July!

Say Anything – Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat

I initially found it difficult to write lyrics for The Chase. I was in a head space where I was finding it painful to pick at the same old emotional scars just so I could write something that felt meaningful and genuine, so I decided to try a different angle and completely remove myself from the narrative and just tell a story. 

Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat to me is the epitome of an example of how you get a listener to ask questions about a song. Why are these cats fighting? Why can’t Greg cope with life? Why has the writer been going to coffee shops every single night talking to strangers? Another really interesting thing about this track is as songwriters we’re told to really concentrate on writing a fantastic chorus to hook people in, but the chorus here almost serves as a pallet cleanser, a sorbet to set you up for the next protagonist that is about to be introduced. 

I didn’t necessarily want to go that far with what I was writing, I still wanted a big sing a long chorus, but I was really trying to drill into that fascination that Say Anything managed to cultivate with this song, and hopefully when listening to The Chase people may ask questions and become interested in the characters I created.

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