Los Angeles’ Body Parts release their debut album Fire Dream on October 29th. A Music Blog, Yea? had the chance of catching up with the band’s vocalists Alina Cutrono and Ryder Bach, so have a read as we spoke about their favourite lyrics, dream phenomenons, and Grape Nuts!
AMBY: Hello Body Parts, please introduce yourselves to AMBY!
Body Parts: This is Alina Cutrono and Ryder Bach, we are the singers in Body Parts. Nice to meet you.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Body Parts: Experimental Dance Pop.
AMBY: Your latest single Unavoidable Things is extremely funky. How did the song come to be?
Ryder: Thank you for calling our music “funky”, that’s all we ever wanted. I originally wrote the song based around a guitar melody that was inspired by listening to Buddy Holly. We had a much simpler demo that we had been working with for a while, but I got really obsessed with “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” and I wanted to make it sound more like that. So I got together with Ray and Taylor and recorded some groove experimentation. Then I went home and distilled that jam down to the parts that you hear on the record. The lyrics are about feeling overwhelmed by the grand motion of life, it’s all out of our control. That can be exhilarating but also terrifying.
Alina: I really love this song because it was one of the first more groove-oriented songs in the set. It paved the way for the overall sound that we ended up with on the record. This juxtaposition between dance feel and dark lyrical content is a common theme in the music.
AMBY: The band’s upcoming debut album Fire Dream comes out October 29th. Where did the title Fire Dream come from?
Ryder: I had a dream wherein a close friend of mine murdered my parents. When I awoke, I could never look at this person the same way. I was amazed at how much this imagined experience could influence my real life. I coined the term “Fire Dream” to describe this phenomenon.
Alina: It’s about feeling helpless to forces that are larger than us. Fate, genetics, even our own emotions.
AMBY: And which lyric off the LP is your favourite?
Ryder: “I am absolutely nothing but a helpless child.” from Helpless Child, track 6.
Alina: “What will sadness be like in the future? A lot like sadness.” from Unavoidable Things, track 5.
AMBY: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?
Ryder: It usually starts with a little kernel of an idea, some interaction, some lyric idea, sometimes it comes from a guitar part or a bass line or drum pattern that I hear in another song.
Alina: Ryder tends to write about things like observations of everyday life, troubling interactions with others, and general statements about the world. I think that his approach to lyric writing is something that sets him apart from other musicians. It’s very matter-of-fact and kind of comical. You could easily miss the upsetting undertones.
AMBY: Has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? And if so, which song?
Ryder: Just the Two Of Us – Bill Withers, Ralph MacDonald, William Salter, Ya Hey – Vampire Weekend
Alina: In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to record an album with, who would you pick?
Ryder: David Bowie, Quincy Jones, Ariel Reichstaid, The Knife (3 was too hard).
Alina: Bjork, David Bowie, Prince.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year so far?
Ryder: I’m no expert, that’s what critics are for, but I really like The Knife – Shaking the Habitual.
Alina: James Blake – Overgrown. It places you in such a distinct musical landscape and mood. He’s so good at that.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Body Parts that nobody knows yet?
Alina: We love Grape Nuts.
Thank you Body Parts, for giving us your answers!
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