BEHIND THE TRACK...

‘Wake Up’ was a lot of fun to make. It was the first song written, recorded and mixed in our van! We had a music session in the van during which we came up with A LOT of ideas, far too many for one tune. We ended up being a bit overwhelmed by it, not really knowing which direction to take it. I had some lyrics, and they were good, but not great… we felt a bit stumped. Then Bryn spent an evening on it on his own and realised that the way forward was to split it into two tracks, one beautiful, uplifting trancy vibe and another in-your-face number - the in-your-face one became ‘Wake Up’.

I scrapped the lyrics that I had been working with and went back to the drawing board. There were quite a lot of frustrations bouncing around in my head at the time! For one, our European journey was being delayed due to a part recall on our van, so we were stuck on a friend’s driveway in the UK.

The other thing that was consuming a lot of my brain power was the conflicting reality that we find ourselves in today; we are ‘free’ as long we comply with the arbitrary rules of wherever we live - “You have your freedom if you just comply” ; we are ’free’ to do what we want online, but the companies behind the tools we use will sell our information, will use it to analyse our behaviours, to create psycho-analytical models of our selves, our habits, our likes, dislikes and pastimes so they can better sell us stuff in the greedy-capitalist society in which we find ourselves in. So the lyrics are very much an extension of those frustrations! Feeling at the mercy of ‘big business’ in more ways than one… I love the energy of the tune and the anarchic spirit that it inspires in me 🙂

BEHIND THE VIDEO...

Filmed on: iPhone 5 & 6
Directed by: Heather & Bryn
Edited by: Bryn & Heather

The ‘Wake Up’ video was an experience… We had only been out of the UK for a week or so, and Bryn was in the middle of mixing the tune. We spoke to a friend who has a much more visual mind than either of us and she gave us some really good suggestions for imagery. We weren’t sure what was going to tie the whole thing together, but we knew that we wanted big, wild, crazy dancing in the chorus.

We had stopped at a family member’s house in rural France for a few days and they have an open attic room which is quite a cool space for hanging out on summer evenings. It has very rustic brick walls which I thought could make an interesting setting for at least some of the video. Then disaster struck - I fell while walking down the stairs in the house and REALLY hurt my lower back/bum. Like, so badly that I could hardly walk to begin with - it was ridiculous! I’ve never known pain like it! This totally scuppered any crazy dancing plans for the video cos I couldn’t even walk without pain!

So, what to do? I couldn’t move without pain… could we use it in the video?? Eventually I hit upon the idea of us both being imprisoned - I was imprisoned in the loft, and was injured; Bryn was imprisoned too but not injured; Bryn would manage to escape and the viewer would follow his journey (on foot and bike!) until he eventually found me and rescued me - yay!

We did loads of filming of Bryn’s journey and me waking up and being injured (some of my pain is real!), but when we came to edit it all together it just wasn’t working. It was all a bit too disjointed… film-makers we are not! In the end, after many attempts, we scrapped all of the stuff to do with Bryn’s journey and just left it as me singing in the dark, spooky attic with my back pain…

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Lyrics

I’ve been hanging around in a daze
Climbing up the walls and going out of my mind
All the dreams we had will fade
How can I help you darling if you won’t wake?

You have your freedom
If you just comply
Making me wait on you
Making me hate on you
Try to control me
Take over my life
Can’t shut my eyes to this
Can’t shut my eyes

Wake up
Step up
It’s your life
Can’t you see
Just dance
Til morning
Forever live our dreams
Wake up
Get up
Live your life
Come with me
Just dance
Til morning
And together we’ll be free

I was living my life in a haze
Just deluding myself that it was ok
Now I can’t look the other way
Ready to make a stand before they drag me away

You have your freedom
If you just comply
Don’t let them wait on you
Don’t let them hate on you
Won’t let you hold me
You’re wrecking my life
Can’t shut my eyes to this
Can’t shut my eyes

Wake up
Step up
It’s your life
Can’t you see
Just dance
Til morning
Forever live our dreams
Wake up
Get up
Live your life
Come with me
Just dance
Til morning
And together we’ll be free

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