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A Lot Like Birds will be performing Jan. 15 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you


Tell Me About That Song: Cory Lockwood, Vocalist of Prog-Hardcore Band A Lot Like Birds

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A Lot Like Birds will be performing Jan. 15 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Cory Lockwood, vocalist of Sacremento progressive-hardcore six-piece A Lot Like Birds, delves into secret phone conversations, spider-filled rooms and Heath Ledger.

Song: The Blowtorch is Applied to the Sugar

Album: Conversation Piece

Release Date: Sept. 2011

When it was written: A vague, hazy period of months before the summer of 2011.

Where it was written: Half in a white-walled room in Sacramento. Half in a white-walled, spider-filled room in Portland.

Favorite line in the song: "Time is dancing on my chest and it's casting stones; it's casting parts, each one of them antagonist."

Which part was the hardest to come up with: The entirety of the lyrics and vocal parts were extremely difficult, since we had become meticulously protective of the song's instrumental beauty. We wanted whatever we wrote to match the level of emotion that the guitar, bass and drums had achieved sonically. All in all, what we wrote was born of necessity and felt appropriately frantic, considering the pressure we were all feeling.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: We would have loved to add more instrumentation: strings, percussion, etc.

Odd fact about song: The end of this song is the only place on the album where we left standard tuning to add a heavier feel.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: The wave that broke our writer's block was actually a phone call between Kurt (vocalist) and myself, while I was in Portland recording and he was still in California, preparing to make the trip up north. He had watched a Heath Ledger movie that reminded him of a particular situation that he and I share in common (secret), and we talked for a long time about it and decided it was time to use it for a song.

When was your favorite time performing it live: We actually haven't performed it live too often since our tours to support the CD haven't started quite yet, but I'm just gonna make a projection and say our favorite time will be in a basement somewhere in a venue we don't expect a great show from, but turns messy. That's typically where most of our favorite moments grow up.

What is the meaning behind the song: It's the most personal song on the album entirely. Since a lot of the songs stemmed from conversations that Kurt and I had in the process of getting to know each other and bonding on past mistakes and similarites, this one fits into there as the most exposing piece since it was our most exposing conversation. Without spilling an even more personal confession, I can say that the song deals with the idea of deciding if love is truly attainable more than once or if it can only be replicated in fractions of its initial power.

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