A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? Today Josh Oliveri, vocalist of Portland metal/hardcore five-piece Call Us Forgotten, delves into Wheaties, trigger glitches and standing on the edge of a cliff.
Call Us Forgotten will be performing Feb. 5 at El Corazon.
Song: "Under An Ashen Sky"
Album: A Hope Remains
Release date: May 6, 2011
When it was written: Aug. 2010
Where it was written: In the basement of my house
Favorite line in the song: "What makes you think these walls can hold us?"
Which part was the hardest to come up with: I would have to say the vocal melody right after the glitch, about half way through the song. For some reason it was just one of those days when you didn't have your Wheaties and your mind sucks and it was 2 a.m. and just had to do it because what we had there previously wasn't what we wanted it to be. We were in Interlace Audio Recording studio and just had that one part left and just had to get it done.
If you could go back and change anything what would it be: That's a hard question to answer. We dug the feel of a song that goes straight through and doesn't repeat and we dig that about how it came out. It's relentless and we're happy with it. The 2 a.m. post production sessions had rewrites and we cleaned up any parts we weren't huge on at that time. The end result is something we are stoked to deliver live.
Odd fact about the song: The glitch used right before the entry to the chorus was actually made by hand instead of using a glitch or re-triggering plug in. We didn't know those existed and sat there forever with our producer (Neil Engle) and spliced that entire part section by section.
When was your favorite time performing it live: It's hard to narrow it down to one. The song has a lot of energy and the breakdown at the end of the song starts with a fat tom beat and goes into the breakdown and the crowd always gets rowdy. We have amazing fans.
What was your inspiration for writing the song: The song is meant to capture that feeling when you're standing on the edge of a cliff in life so to speak. Confused, alone and lost in your head you find yourself doubting things you know, people you trust and just letting struggles get the best of you. The song is the progression of the mental battle fought to find yourself and stand for what you know is true in the face of contradiction or whatever your personal struggle may be. It's written from two perspectives in an almost argumentative prose with one another as if they were two separate people. Who you know yourself to be and the voices that can make you question things that should never be up for debate.