I thought I was done with music for a while after Machines, but there were still some ideas floating around my head that had to get out. Seriously. I had tunes stuck in my head that I had to get out, or I would’ve probably gone a bit weird.
I’d already made the decision that my album after Machines was going to be about ghosts. I’ve always loved ghost stories, and I figured I’d do a very electronic, sparse, kind of spooky-sounding record with lots of samples and electronic beats and such. My grandfather passed away recently, and I started listening a lot to gothic rock, especially Paradise Lost. So the spooky ambience took a back seat, the loud guitar got a look-in, and most of the tunes on this album ended up being of the low-to-mid tempo gothic rock variety.
I wanted to do an ep rather than a full album, mainly — and I’ll be honest here — because I wanted to do a record that could fit on a vinyl. Really, that was the reason. I’m not kidding. Not that I’ll ever do a vinyl version, probably, but I might get one made for myself one day. And every other record I’ve done wouldn’t fit on a single vinyl, so I was determined this one would.
Each song on the ep tells a different ghost story, mostly “sung” from the ghost’s point of view:
“Lament” is your classic ‘I’m a WHAT now?’ story of a ghost who’s having trouble coming to grips with the fact that he is one.
“Isolate” is the story of a guy who locked himself in a room with his one true love — the bottle — and drank himself to death.
“Tie Our Maiden Down” is basically the story of the video game Fatal Frame (Project Zero), so, uh, spoiler warning, I guess.
“Fade Away” is your run-of-the-mill suicide anthem for a guy who wants to get so high that he’ll never feel again.
“Beyond the Grave” is told from two perspectives: the verse is the husband coming home to find his wife dead in the tub with her wrists slashed, and the chorus are her final words to him.