Canadian digital duo Bob Moses are again with a killer sophomore album, and these dudes are usually not taking part in round. Battle Strains is a good looking ode to troubles of every kind. It kicks out the gate with a cool, nearly industrial rock really feel which will shock some die-hard followers, however it solely whets our urge for food for extra. It is an emotional album certainly, rife with frustration, doubt, anger and concern that always haunts our every day lives on this unusual period of late-stage capitalism. A lot of the document was conceived on the street, and the lyrics actually communicate of world-weary vacationers with wide-eyed grips on actuality.
“This document is concerning the battles and struggles all of us reside via,” the duo is quoted in a press launch, “battles inside ourselves, battles with and inside our society, battles between one another, with our family members, battles between ideologies. It’s additionally about struggling to determine the place these battles strains begin and finish, and what inside us and inside our environments trigger these struggles, and in the end trigger our struggling. It’s additionally concerning the wrestle to reconcile with these issues, in some way.”
There are particular rock undertones all through. Every tune is introduced with easy compositions and lyrics that beg deep dives. Good factor we caught up with Bob Moses to get the within scoop on every of Battle Strains’ 11 tracks. Study extra concerning the album’s in and outs within the unique track-by-track breakdown beneath.
1. “Heaven Solely Is aware of”
“Heaven Solely Is aware of” is about blind religion and the difficulty it brings. It was a extremely enjoyable monitor to make. It got here collectively fairly rapidly as soon as we began it, and our purpose as soon as we discovered our footing was to layer attention-grabbing elements and take the listener on a journey. Jimmy had a loop that he performed for me with that bass line and that massive ’80s kick and snare. We had been each just a little uncertain what to make of it, then I acquired this concept for these choir-like stacked vocals. As soon as we began layering these over the chord development, it created this actually looming, ominous feeling. The track got here collectively fairly simply after that, with the melody and a few chord modifications to maintain issues shifting. Jimmy had made this bizarre sound in Ableton whereas on tour that we had at all times needed to make use of in one thing, and we had the concept to make an enormous rock out part round these stacked vocals on the finish. I layered numerous hectic guitars and did my greatest Rage In opposition to the Machine impression on bass to make the tip actually pop. We gave into our responsible pleasure of creating one thing that was actually rocking and heavy, which is a little bit of a change in route for Bob Moses, however the ominous and somber repetition of the hook over that part retains it in Bob Moses land. We’re actually pleased with what it became, and we felt that these very “basic Bob Moses” layered vocals had been the proper solution to set the tone because the intro to the album.?
2. “Battle Strains”
“Battle Strains” was one of many first songs we began writing, however we weren’t positive it was going to make it on till the tip of the writing course of. It was impressed by a piano line Jimmy had, which made me begin singing the primary refrain melody that very carefully mirrors the piano and builds off that line. We stored it fairly easy and struggled with the dynamics between sections a bit, which is one thing Lars Stalfors, who helped us produce the album, actually helped us with. We determined to place a guitar solo in, and I did a ton of takes, however the one we ended up utilizing is actually the primary or second take I did. Humorous the way it works that manner typically. We had been very upset by all of the gun violence taking place within the US, so we wrote the track from the angle of these feeling helpless, unrepresented and ignored by the individuals which might be alleged to be working of their greatest pursuits to guard them. It’s a track about anger, confusion, unhappiness and disappointment.
3. “Again Down”
“Again Down” is about taking duty for a way our personal intolerance and incapability to search out frequent floor has gone too far and is prone to threatening all that we maintain pricey. It began round a riff we had been jamming on throughout a soundcheck whereas on tour. We discovered the verse melody fairly early on however struggled lots with the refrain. We wrote fairly just a few completely different choruses and eventually acquired one we cherished. The drum programming was actually enjoyable and got here collectively fairly rapidly, and it was good to have a fantastic chord development, sturdy melodies and a fantastic riff that melded so properly with our drum programming early on within the album making course of. Generally, you might have one or two of these components however not the others, and it’s actually irritating. I feel we each would have been bummed to lose that riff if we hadn’t gotten the drums proper. Fortunately, we did.?
4. “Eye For An Eye”
“Eye for an Eye” is about being taken benefit of and the need for revenge. That riff melody got here into my head on tour in Berlin. I programed the essential drums and bass, and located a part of the riff sound some months later in a resort room in Singapore whereas on our solution to Australia on the Laneway Tour. We at all times cherished the riff, however weren’t fairly positive what to do with it as soon as we fleshed it out in our studio collectively. We form of shelved it, and it wasn’t till the tip of the album making course of that we discovered the verse (after a number of makes an attempt). We actually struggled with the refrain, and eventually acquired it after many, many makes an attempt. Tim Pagnotta, a producer and author in LA, actually pushed us to get that refrain, and I’m very glad he did. This one was quite a lot of work, however we’re so pleased with it now. I’m glad we caught it out.
5. “The Solely Factor We Know”
“The Solely Factor We Know” is about being caught in a poisonous relationship. We had been in Mexico at BPM pageant when Jimmy first performed me the melody thought and this lyric, “In the event you can’t see me / guess I’m a shadow,” which I at all times thought was a extremely cool picture. It kicked round in each our heads for some time, and as soon as we tackled it within the studio collectively, it materialized actually fast. We had mentioned a guitar solo of some kind a pair occasions the place it’s now, however I hadn’t actually discovered how you can strategy it. Close to the tip of the recording course of, Lars helped us get a tremendous guitar sound with numerous pedals and an actual Roland Area Echo. I did numerous takes with me sitting in the midst of the management room at his studio with the audio system completely cranked. Finally, I labored it out and acquired a very good one. It was quite a lot of enjoyable to document, let me let you know.
6. “Nothing However You”
“Nothing However You” was an ease at first after which a troublesome problem. The refrain got here to me in a dream, absolutely fashioned, and I wakened at like Four within the morning to work it out on the piano, half asleep. The verse and fundamental track construction adopted fairly simply. It took us just a few makes an attempt at producing it. We couldn’t appear to get it proper at first, however lastly, we acquired it proper. We wrote about six completely different units of verse-lyrics all centered across the refrain. At one level, we labored for seven full days in a row and ended up scrapping the whole lot. Jimmy had an unlucky occasion happen in his household that ended up being the inspiration for us to get the lyrics proper, and as soon as we began with that in thoughts, it clicked in in the future. Humorous how typically writing works greatest as catharsis. It’s about considering that what you need is elsewhere, after which realizing that it was proper in entrance of you all alongside as soon as it’s too late.
7. “Sufficient to Imagine”
We had been in New York for a string of exhibits in the summertime, and we had a pair days off, so we booked some studio time. We had been each tremendous hungover and drained as we had partied a bit too exhausting — summertime in NYC is the perfect. Neither of us actually needed to be within the studio, however we went anyway, and after kicking round just a few dead-end concepts for a pair hours, we stumbled upon this one. It was easy and melancholic, and it simply got here out. Simply goes to indicate, at all times go to the studio.
8. “Take heed to Me”
“Take heed to Me” was an thought I had recorded a demo of fairly some time in the past, and we found it whereas going via outdated exhausting drives. We thought the core of it was good, so we fleshed out the drums and got here up with the tip riff which we each cherished. We struggled lots with the association on this one, and Lars actually helped deliver this one to life ultimately. Thanks, Lars.
9. “Promoting My Sympathy”
This speaks once more to the knowledge of digging via exhausting drives. Jimmy recorded this demo of a track thought he had the place he was making an attempt to be in Oasis or one thing. It was actually humorous, and I feel he was simply messing round, however a part of the melody was actually good. I’m undecided if he meant for me to listen to it, however I discovered it and was like, “Dude why are you holding out on me. This might encourage a extremely good thought.” I feel he was too embarrassed to indicate me or one thing. Shortly thereafter, we went to go see Depeche Mode on the Hollywood Bowl in LA. That evening, I had this dream of them doing it and taking part in this actually cool model. I went into the studio the subsequent day and began constructing some drums across the melody like I had heard in my dream. I feel Jimmy instantly caught my drift, and we ended up ending it in just a few days in it’s present type. The verse got here from this cool piano/vocal factor we got here up with whereas jamming within the studio in the future, too. So, at all times share your concepts, regardless of how corny you suppose they’re, and at all times return via outdated ones. You by no means know the place inspiration will come from.
10. “Do not Maintain Again”
“Don’t Maintain Again” got here on a day I actually didn’t really feel like being within the studio. Jimmy performed me this concept he had with the form of repeating stagnant bass that stayed on one notice and this chord development on the piano. I simply threw up a mic and began riffing over it, and the verse and refrain melodies got here out nearly immediately. We took these elements, constructed out a little bit of an association and fleshed out the manufacturing a bit. A few of the refrain lyrics got here, too. It was a kind of very nice moments whenever you come upon a good suggestion and you’ll’t fairly consider it. We stored dancing across the studio being like, “Dude, it’s actually fucking good! Proper?! Ya it’s actually fucking good!” We form of couldn’t consider it was coming so simply. We fleshed out the manufacturing and different elements over the subsequent few days. It’s that means is fairly apparent I feel, however possibly it was a unconscious message to myself to only preserve pushing via and never overthink issues a lot whenever you really feel such as you’re beginning to go loopy.
11. “Fallen From Your Arms”
This was a track I had been kicking round on the acoustic guitar for some time. We had each acknowledged [it] being fairly fairly and a pleasant little tune, however [we were] probably not positive what we might do with it, if something. As soon as we had the majority of the album coming collectively a bit extra, we mentioned to one another that it is perhaps good to have just a little chill tune like this within the vault simply in case. When choice time got here, we might doubtlessly use it as a second, ought to we’d like it. Lars recommended simply doing it reside off the ground. We rehearsed it just a few occasions and simply recorded it in his studio with Jimmy taking part in the organ and me singing; candles lit, lights dimmed and all that shit. Jimmy discovered a pair little background noises to stay in it that form of helped with the vibe, and we blended it fairly darkish, deliberately. We expect it ends the document actually properly, and I’m glad that tune lastly discovered it’s toes in addition to a house. ?
Bob Moses kick off a global tour in help of Battle Strains that runs September via February of 2019. Catch the duo jammin’ from Mexico to Poland and prepare for the magic with Battle Strains beneath.
BOB MOSES LIVE
September 15 — Ensenada, Mexico @ Guadalupe Valley Wine, Meals & Music Competition
September 21 — Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
September 22 — Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
September 24 — Portland, OR @ Marvel Ballroom
September 25 — Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
September 26 — Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
September 27 — Boise, ID @ Knitting Manufacturing unit
September 28 — Salt Lake Metropolis, UT @ The Metro
September 29 — Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
September 30 — San Diego, CA @ CRSSD Competition
October 2 — Omaha, NE @ The Ready Room
October 3 — Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
October 4 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Corridor
October 5 — Las Vegas, NV @ Encore Seashore Membership
October 6 — Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Corridor
October 7 — Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
October 9 — Boston, MA @ Paradise
October 10 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Switch
October 11 — Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Membership
October 12 — New York, NY @ Brooklyn Metal
October 13 — New York, NY @ Brooklyn Metal
October 15 — Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
October 16 — Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
October 17 — New Orleans, LA @ Republic
October 18 — Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Corridor
October 19 — Austin, TX @ Emo’s
October 20 — Dallas, TX @ Bushes
October 23 — El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
October 24 — Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
October 25 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
November 1 — Guadalajara, MX @ C3 Stage
November 2 — Mexico Metropolis, Mexico @ Auditorio Blackberry
November 3 — Monterrey, MX @ KNOX
November 16 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
November 30 — Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Riptide Music Competition
December 29 — Hexton, NZ @ Rhythm and Vines
December 31 — Glenworth Valley, AU @ Misplaced Paradise
January 1 — Melbourne, AU @ The First NYD
February 12 — Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
February 14 — London, UK @ Heaven
February 15 — Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
February 16 — Brussels, BE @ Orangerie
February 18 — Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten
February 19 — Munich, DE @ Strom
February 20 — Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
February 21– Warsaw, PL @ Mala Warszawa