Man Without Wax will be performing July 21 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Spencer Mertel, vocalist of six-piece rock band Man Without Wax, delves into emotional music, his first 100% autobiographical song and Jack Daniels.
Album: As of now, YouTube release only
Release Date: Oct. 8, 2011
When it was written: Sept. 2011
Where it was written: The basement of my house.
Favorite line in the song: "Hand in hand we shook the ground / Now it lifts me up to watch you drown."
Which part was the hardest to come up with: The chorus. We spent days trying to come up with something that we were happy with. Eventually we compromised on what is now, "Run as fast as you can," which I ended up falling in love with over the following weeks.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: The song is a little too emotional for me and kind of hits home in a way that makes me very uncomfortable. When we perform it or when it comes on the shuffle in my car, it takes me back to the dark place I was in when it was written.
Odd fact about song: It may be the first song I've ever written that's 100% autobiographical.
What was your inspiration for writing the song: It's easy to write about someone else's experiences and thoughts, but writing about myself is difficult. I was inspired by a moment of weakness, a saddening phone call and a fifth of Jack Daniels.
When was your favorite time performing it live: We had a show at a small club in Seattle called Chop Suey. I was bearing the weight of the world a little more than a man should that day and I felt it a little more than I usually do. It hurt, but my friends were there so it made it a bit easier to deal with.
What is the meaning behind the song: I'm really not the type to throw someone under the bus, so I'm not going to go in to the specifics. The song tells a story of the changing from yin to yang between a couple. Feelings of total admiration and intimacy change somewhere along the line to feelings of resentment. All it takes is one stupid mistake to begin a downward spiral in to a flood of arguments and sleepless nights. "Run" is a giant middle finger to people who give up in the face of all that.