Bad Weather Road
Oh boy, did we ever have trouble with this song. Even though the demo sounded great, try as we might we just couldn’t get that energy to translate to the album version. I was about to give up the ghost when in a moment straight out of the Brian Eno handbook, our bass player Paul patched his bass through the filter section of a Moog synth which created a bubbling noise that gently rose up out of the note right after he played it. In addition, our producer Mike Varty put the opening bars through an external speaker and recorded the results which give it the sound of someone listening to the band from outside the room.
For some reason, everything clicked after those two bits of inspiration and we managed to complete the song with huge smiles on our faces. It just goes to show that the devil is in the detail.
I didn't actually like this song at first, but luckily I had two images stuck in my head. One was a tatty old truck with no cabin flying down a broken down desert road with a madman at the controls, and the other was Destiny. The song is about the voice that whispers in your ear as you try and steer the broken old truck at eighty-five miles an hour down a bunch of roads that all look the same until it's too late.