Eclectic Approach will be performing Nov. 10 at Neumos
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about


Eclectic Approach's Ryan Jander Talks Jimmy Kimmel Live and Sharing A Blow-Up Mattress On "All That It's Missing"

Eclectic Approach will be performing Nov. 10 at Neumos
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Ryan Jander, guitarist of Seattle funk-rock band Eclectic Approach, delves into Four Loko, performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live and writing the guitar part "stupid fast."

Song: "All That It's Missing (Mind Control)"

Album: Upcoming EP

Release Date: Single October 26th, (Upcoming EP - Spring 2013)

When it was written: The song was written about a year ago. Probably October of 2011.

Where it was written: It was written at what, at the time, was considered the "band house." In reality, Jowed, the lead singer, was the only one living there. But not too long before that four of the guys in the band were living in one room at the house. Two beds and two blow-up mattresses that they rotated on. Comfy.

Favorite line in the song: "I keep searching for more, you keep searching for more, but nothing ends up washing up on the shore"

Which part was the hardest to come up with: Right after the lyrics say, "Because all that it's missing is that." The problem was that song in fact was missing that "thing." That next part, that really great hook. It's funny because the song is saying that nobody is going to listen to it because it's missing that, but I still think we found it with that synth line.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: I'd probably assassinate Hitler. He was a real jerk.

Odd fact about song: The writing process was stupid fast. The rough guitar parts were all done in under 5 minutes for sure.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: Well, the inspiration started in wanting to create a song that just felt good and got people moving. The execution of that inspiration was more interesting because a few of us got together with some Four Lokos and just went for it. We were just having fun, messing around and I think the song really reflects that. That doesn't necessarily work every time, but when it does, you just feel like you cheated the system somehow because there wasn't a lot of work involved.

When was your favorite time performing it live: Jimmy Kimmel Live! There was so much build up to us playing on there, and we just rocked out. It felt great to put that pressure and energy right into the performance.

What is the meaning behind the song: I think there are various themes and meanings in the song, but the one that stands out the most is where the chorus is saying that we need that "thing" that hooks people and makes them just keep hitting repeat. Before we started writing it, we had been having a discussion about how we should approach the song... and really writing in general. It just kept coming up that we need that "thing," even though none of us really knows what it is. When we started building the chorus in pre-production, Jowed started singing those lyrics, and it was totally awesome because it summed up exactly what we had been talking about. I think it's something that a lot of songwriters will be familiar with, and its pretty cool the way the song worked out to kind of capture that search for us.

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