Socrates and the Lava Gods will be performing Aug. 26 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do


Ahren Scholtz of Socrates and the Lava Gods Reflects On An Awkward Meeting With An Old Friend, Sparking "The Zombie"

Socrates and the Lava Gods will be performing Aug. 26 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? Today Ahren Scholtz, lead vocalist and guitarist of Seattle Alt-rock band Socrates and the Lava Gods, delves into regretting how he handled a situation with a friend, how "The Zombie" split from another song and playing at the Seattle Drum School.

Song: "The Zombie"

Album: Socrates and the Lava Gods

Release Date: June 9th, 2012

When it was written: The original version was written in late 2008, but did not get completed until 2010. Some songs take a while. This was one of the first songs we put together while still finalizing the band lineup.

Where it was written: It was written at home, and on my breaks at work.

Favorite line in the song: "And now it seems that you went away / Your mind is gone but your body stays / Just a dead and rotting shade of what you were."

Which part was the hardest to come up with: The bridge was a pain to get done. Originally, the song went from the first chorus straight into the second but it felt too rushed and needed something to break it up. We were going for a more intense feeling, which was already difficult considering how intense the song already was. It wasn't until Fred came up with a slowed down bass version of the verse that we decided that would be best way to fill that space.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: My style of writing tends to incorporate a lot of words. This song is a prime example of that. The verses have so many words it's even difficult to sing them sometimes. If I rewrote the song, I would try to truncate the lyrics a bit.

Odd fact about song: This song came about as I was trying to figure out what to do with another one of our songs, "Starlight." I came up with the intro riff to "The Zombie," but it didn't seem to go with "Starlight" so I decided to write another song for the riff and "The Zombie" was born. "Starlight" also bore another one of our songs, "Oxidation."

What was your inspiration for writing the song: This was a very self-reflective song. While it seems from the point of view of the song's narrator that he is talking about someone else, the song is really about myself. I based it on a conversation I had with a friend I ran into after several years of being apart. Afterward, as I looked back at the conversation we had, I realized I was incredibly aloof and quiet and unresponsive for running into someone who I had always enjoyed being around. So for me to remember this lesson, not that I would really need help in remembering, I wrote this song in hopes that I would never have a similar situation happen again.

When was your favorite time performing it live: At our very first show at The Lab (Seattle Drum School.) All of our friends and family came out, and to perform something that we had worked so hard on was really satisfying. It helped that the intro riff has such an energetic build up and it still gets me excited every time we play it for a crowd.

What is the meaning behind the song: The song is a warning for anyone who has shut themselves away or has lost the ability to have fun with other people. It's about how people can come across to others when they have become disenfranchised with the world around them. It's not necessarily a judgment but more of an observation.

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