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Black Beast Revival will be performing May 3 at El Corazon.
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Tell Me About That Song: Erin James, Vocalist and Guitarist of Black Beast Revival

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Sarah Day Photography
Black Beast Revival will be performing May 3 at El Corazon.
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Erin James, vocalist and guitarist of gritty Bellingham rock n' roll band Black Beast Revival, delves into writing songs while living in a van, recording in a 65-year-old repair shop and getting underwear thrown at him by a 400 lb. man.

Song: "Scorpion"

Album: Self-Titled EP

Release Date: Not yet released

When it was written: Oct. 2010

Where it was written: Outside of an abandoned grocery store around three in the morning, down the street from a particularly seedy strip club. I was living in the van (The Whiskey Beast) in and around Portland, meeting a lot of strange characters and writing music for a band that didn't yet exist.

Favorite line in the song: "Try to get up but your body is weakened. In your veins, death is creeping. Your heart begins to beat a little faster. It slips in and becomes your master."

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: I would have won the Mega Millions Jackpot and had Rick Rubin produce the song in Abbey Road Studios.

Odd fact about song: The song, along with the rest of the EP, was recorded at a 65-year-old repair shop in Bellingham last summer and mixed in a carpentry studio. We recorded in the workspace; surrounded by engine parts, transformers, copper wire and even a few vintage cars. The acoustics were awesome, and most of the recording was hammered out in about six hours of non-stop music. The grit and grime of the space, along with engineer Sam Topp's vintage tube amps and full-stacks, really lent itself to the blue-collar, down and dirty rock 'n roll we grind out.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: The story of the Scorpion and the Frog, and relationships I've had with Scorpios that have fit the pattern of the fable and irrepressible nature of some humans and creatures. There are just some things in life you cannot change.

When was your favorite time performing it live: The first show we played was at Chop Suey in Seattle, and the response from the crowd was amazing. Someone threw their underwear on stage. Unfortunately, I think it was a 400 lb. man wearing the

"I love cats" t-shirt.

What is the meaning behind the song: It's sort of a warning. It's the moment when you recognize how foolish it was to trust someone, and that you'd really known from the start how intense the physical and emotional response to betrayal can be. Besides, no one really looks forward to getting stung by a scorpion. That shit hurts.

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