A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Tony Narvaez, lead singer of Seattle>"/>
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Tony Narvaez, lead singer of Seattle rockers IANA, delves into re-recording their best tracks, vocal lessons and how "Better Dead" isn't about suicide.
Song: "Better Dead"
Album: Bread & Wine
Release Date: February 24, 2013
When it was written: December 2011
Where it was written: In my room on a classical acoustic guitar.
Favorite line in the song: The bridge at 1:48. "I'll find the combination,
to the locks of speculation, this rock n' roll, this revolution, is all for you, for resolution."
Which part was the hardest to come up with: For me, personally, I'd written four or five more verses than the ones that made it the final version of the song. So the hardest part was choosing the ones that most accurately described the message I wanted for the song.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: The equipment and software we used to produce it. Of course, you have to start somewhere, though. We'll be re-recording Better Dead, along with many other originals this summer for a new EP/LP. We haven't decided yet. Also, since we've released B&W, I've started taking my voice seriously with Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy training, so I'm excited to get in the studio and show that I've upped my chops.
Odd fact about song: We made the song and produced it only one week after forming the band in January 2012.
What was your inspiration for writing the song: I kept hearing music that wasn't saying what I wanted to hear.
When was your favorite time performing it live: We played a cross-genre show with a hip-hop group called the KnowMads and opened with "Better Dead" and it was unreal. We all thought that they would hate it, but everyone in the crowd erupted when the riff started and showed us a lot of love. Very cool moment.
Meaning behind the song: Many people hear "Better Dead" and believe it is about feeling suicidal. That couldn't be further from the truth. It's actually about being so distressed with the way things are and wanting to cause a change and make a huge impact. An impact that renders me "Better Dead" to a group of people because I seek to cause so much change that it will upset those who don't want change.