Fox and the Law will be performing Jan. 25 at Neumos.
Courtesy Nate Watters
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much


Tell Me About That Song: Guy Keltner, Singer and Guitarist of Fox and the Law

Fox and the Law will be performing Jan. 25 at Neumos.
Courtesy Nate Watters
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Guy Keltner, vocalist and guitarist of Seattle garage-rock four-piece Fox and the Law, delves into developing as a singer, singing from a girl's perspective, and being in shitty relationships.

Song: "Treat Me Right"

Album: Title TBD

Release Date: March 2012

When it was written: Summer 2011

Where it was written: My apartment

Favorite line in the song: "The way that your mouth hangs open, looks like you thought that I would never find out, I must look dumb, I thought you were the one."

Which part was the hardest to come up with: The overall vocal melody. I never started out as a singer, and as this band has developed, so has my voice. It's been a long process growing into the musician I am today, and constantly singing over the past several years has helped to shape my voice into a unique signature part of our sound.

Odd fact about song: The person being sung about, the one who is clearly the jerk in this whole breakup situation, that person was me a long time ago. This song is actually sung from a girl's perspective. I'm not nearly as much of an asshole anymore, but I'm sure you can imagine the type of shit I used to put girls through.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: Being in shitty relationships in the past. Oddly enough, I was in a great relationship at the time I wrote it, but was using some past breakups and betrayals as inspiration. I had been perusing through some old emails to clean out my inbox, and I found a really angry message from a girl that I pissed off a few years back. At the time I had felt like I was totally in the right, but after reading her email, I realized how much pain I had caused her and how bad it must have felt. This song isn't really about her specifically, but reading her words made me feel a lot of empathy and reminded me of how bad I felt in the past when I was betrayed in some way.

When was your favorite time performing it live: This past Friday at the Doug Fir in Portland. The whole band just sort of nailed it. I've never sung it better live, and our other guitar player, Ryan, he really killed during his solo. It was just fantastic.

What is the meaning behind the song: This song is really a love letter to all the depression that comes with being lied to by someone you care about. I know that depression is a shitty feeling, but it really drives a lot of creativity and inspiration when you are an artist. Such strong emotions start to well up when you find out that you've been back stabbed or put on, especially when it is someone you've felt a great deal of respect for in the past. This song is meant for everyone that has ever had to pick up the pieces, had to beg someone to stop making the mistakes they are making, whether its a cheating lover or an alcoholic parent, or even just a friend that can't seem to keep it together when you need them.

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