James Allan wrote a track-by-track guide to Glasvegas’ second album, ‘EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK ‘, which is due for release on April 4th.
Pain Pain, Never Again
My initial thoughts were to get an opera singer to sing my lyrics but a friend from Montreal translated them into French-Canadian. She recorded it and sent me the piece.
She is a lovely person and her voice is just perfect for it. I wrote the song after Coachella. I was with my friend Paul Cantelon, he played a song on the piano and I wrote this in response to his music.
The World Is Yours
This was an idea I got from the movie Scarface. Al Pacino has a globe in it that says ‘The World Is Yours’ on it.
The song is actually about shyness and overcoming it. It’s all the things someone would say if they could, the most romantic words in the world.
You is a song I thought at the time I was writing about someone else. About Rab [guitarist Rab Allan who is also James’ cousin] actually. I was thinking of him a lot at the time. He’s as deep as the ocean.
But later I discovered I was talking about getting to know myself.
Shine Like Stars
A bold song. It’s about moving forwards and looking towards the future.
Whatever Hurts You Through The Night
I was thinking about the movie Thelma And Louise, two women living in the suburbs who go on a road trip.
This song is about two women who see each other often and start talking to each other. They find that they go through the same thing in life.
But there is a shadow in their lives. Then one convinces the other to run away one night.
Stronger Than Dirt
This song is very emotional for me. It’s about when the power shifts to one person in a couple and they convince the other that feeling and showing affection are no bad thing.
When the guy says to the other “Can we stay together?”, I feel very emotional about the line. Sometimes it’s the most simple word or phrase that means the most for me.
Photo: Danny North/NME
Dream Dream Dreaming
I felt a lot of guilt about the song Daddy’s Gone. I felt bad, as it only showed one side of my father. God knows he beats himself up enough.
When I wrote the songs for the first album I never imagined it going out to all those people.
The Everly Brothers wrote a song about a boyfriend talking to his girlfriend and all he can do is dream to get close to her. In this song it’s my father dreaming about his brother, who commited suicide, and how his thoughts and dreams can give him relief as he can see or speak to him.
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It was instinct that I turned words into solid things, on a CD or vinyl record. Maybe it makes up a little for ‘Daddy’s Gone’.
I Feel Wrong
This song is about a guy not feeling comfortable about being honest about his feelings.
It’s the modern age and it’s still very difficult for some people to feel comfortable about themselves.
Euphoria, Take My Hand
This was written when Rab and I were in Santa Monica staying at the beach house.
One night when we were looking out over the sea, the sun looked so bright reflecting offthe water it was like fireworks. It seemed to dance with the music in my head.
This was written when I took a long walk one day in Santa Monica. I was just daydreaming.
A friend of mine said in an email “I miss you lots sometimes” and although the song is not about her, the words were the inspiration behind it.
It was a bit of a tall order to put the parts down for the song and create a bit of order out of it..
My mum is on this song. It’s about a mother speaking to her son. She told everyone she was on the record.
She was quite bossy and was telling Flood how to produce. “Son, you’re no’ doing that right” she was saying to him. And she’d tell me to swap lyrics around, saying: “That bit doesn’t fit with that bit, James.”