Derelict: Perpetuation [Track by Track] [Exclusive]
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Eric: I wrote the music for this song after a very important band meeting. We had lost some members and were at the point where it was sink or swim, either we pulled together and continued the band, or called it a day. We decided to soldier on, so I sat down with my guitar and decided to write something that for me was the embodiment of the Derelict sound. When I was done, we all thought it was a good flagship song for the album, so we put it first. The lyrics are about the perpetuation of capitalism, and how we’re indoctrinated from a young age to think it’s the only way to manage our planet.
Spoils Of War
Max: This song is quite simply the result of trying to write the most brutal track I could come up with at the time. The intro is a dark tapping lick I came up with harmonized in minor thirds. This was the first section I wrote for this song. The rest just came very naturally once I knew where I wanted to go with it. I really got to experiment with the guitar solos on this track and the result is very dissonant. Some of the notes are just a bit out of the box which creates a musical tension that you can physically feel. I find this track is like a fistful of energy. I feel like a superhero when we play this live.
Eric: The music for this one came from playing around with the positioning and phrasing of Babe
Ruth’s “The Mexican”. I always loved playing that song on guitar! It’s a relatively simple but heavy piece, and it’s mostly focused on the vocals. The lyrics are about environmental destruction in the name of the economy. Depressing stuff, but very important, in my opinion.
Eric: The bulk of this track was ready almost a year before we recorded it, but the outro breakdown was really long in the making. I didn’t feel like anything I was writing was doing justice to the energy of the rest of the track, and so I finally handed it over to Jordan. He took what I had and thought of some crazy timing. Seb Pittet’s bass playing is also insane. Listen to the eerie bass harmonics during the outro!
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Max: I was listening to a lot of 90’s death metal when I wrote this song and I think it’s really apparent in the sheer amount of riffs. I wanted to play with rhythm and time signatures a lot and yet keep it catchy and brutal. The verse is very simple but most of the other parts are more complex. If you keep count you’ll notice there are many parts in three and five. This song also has a long guitar solo. I originally wanted to trade off with my guitar partner but at the point when we needed the record done I was the only guitar player in the band. The result, as it is on a few other tracks, is a meshing of two solos into one. I like how this song manages to be groovy and progressive all the while being brutal and technical.
Jordan: “Olympic” marks my entrance into the Derelict song writing fold. I wrote it all on computer software using a midi keyboard to write the riffs. It was more of an experiment at first, and since I don’t play guitar I wasn’t keeping in mind things like tuning or string skipping. Max was a little upset about this one at first haha, but we messed around with the tuning to make it more playable and now he nails it every time. Structurally, the middle melodic section was the first riff written, which was based on the featured polyrhythmic drum part. I then wrote outwards, creating the beginning and end sections of the song.
Eric: This was the first song written for the Perpetuation album, way back possibly even in 2009. It’s more of a rocker than a tech fest, but the melodies are cool and it’s really fun to play. The lyrics are about coffee and other such mood-enhancing substances, and how many people use them to get through the day working jobs we hate.
Max: This was lifted from another musical project I started but never got off the ground some years back. I brought it in to the boys and Eric ended up re-writing the verses. This song came together very fast. The lead melody is the first thing I came up with. Most of the riffs are very simple but I find them very effective. You don’t always need a technical riff to get your point through. Sometimes letting a riff ride out is just the way to go and I think that’s the case with this track.
Yours To Surpass
Max: This is the first song I ever wrote for Derelict. I guess for that it’ll always be a special one for me. The song itself is the shortest on the album and yet maybe the most complex. This song is filled with time signature changes and technical challenges. When I wrote the bridge for this song, the arpeggios before the guitar solo, I couldn’t even play the part. I wrote it down and had to practice it in order to play it properly. This song was one of the first written for Perpetuation and was featured on the Promo EP we released in 2011. I think it helped set the tone for the album writing.
Shackles Of Indoctrination
Max: This is probably my personal favorite on the album. Strangely, I was listening to a lot of thrash at the time and wanted to write a really up-tempo, thrash-inspired piece. The working title for this one was “Thrashfuck” and it ended up sounding nothing like thrash haha. This song might be the most melodic song on the record with lots of lead work and chords. The guitar solo here is once again a combination of two solo sections into one. The outro is pretty epic and features the best bass line on the album. When Seb first sent us the bass recording for this track, we all looked at each other and just smiled because of how nice it made the whole section sound.
The Iridium Layer
Eric: It might seem strange that a vocalist would write a song with a minute-and-a-half-long instrumental intro, but hey, that’s how I was feeling it. This one is a very fast and technical song, but it’s actually relatively easy on vocals…The lyrics are about the fragility of life on Earth, and how we should maybe start thinking beyond petty regional and religious conflicts and start banding together as a planetary force.
Eric: This track is perhaps the most collaborative piece of writing we have. I wrote the intro and verse based on three notes from one of Max’s riffs, and then used a pile of his riffs in combination with mine. This is perhaps my favorite way to complete a song. Lyrically, this one is the album’s thesis. It calls for a global awakening and unification of mankind. We don’t need to keep doing things in the destructive way we’ve been doing them. This is our planet, our home.
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