March 5, 2012 13:19

You Me At Six write new song for Thorpe Park rollercoaster 'The Swarm'

Guitarist Max Helyer tells NME that the Gil Norton produced track will come out later this month

You Me At Six write new song for Thorpe Park rollercoaster 'The Swarm'

Photo: Danny North/NME

You Me At Six have revealed that they will be releasing a new track later this month and that the song, which is titled 'The Swarm', has been written as the soundtrack to a new Thorpe Park rollercoaster, also called The Swarm.

The band, who released their third album 'Sinners Never Sleep' in October last year, will release the track on March 18 via iTunes. You can see the trailer for 'The Swarm' by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Speaking to NME about how the track came to be written, guitarist Max Helyer said that representatives from the theme park had approached the band and that they were immediately "over the moon" about the idea.

Asked how 'The Swarm' came about, he said: "The people from Thorpe Park approached us and asked us if we'd like to do it. We were all over the moon about it because we've all been to Thorpe Park loads of times with our families and friends and we've got loads of good memories of being there. We had a meeting and got a brief about the ride and went off and wrote the track."

Then asked about the ride itself and how the track fitted in with it, Helyer said: "It's basically about the end of the world and the ride is full of near misses and loads of near hits. It's Europe's tallest winged rollercoaster in the world and Thorpe Park told us it was going to be very scary, so we decided we'd rock it up a little bit more, make it a bit more heavier and a bit hairier. It's a bit like 'Bite My Tongue', but without screaming. It's a massive epic rock song, it's definitely got aggression, and it's definitely got edge."

The band recorded the track with Foo Fighters/Pixies producer Gil Norton and Helyer also revealed that the band had begun working on new material during the sessions for 'The Swarm'.

He said of this: "We ended up recording it with Gil Norton. We had a really good time writing it and although it's obviously done for the ride, it still feels like a You Me At Six song. We recorded it in Bath, we had a bit of time before we left for tour so we did it then. We just did the one track, but we jammed out a few potential new ideas for songs. We're not going to be writing for ages, but we thought we'd take the time to enjoy the benefits of working with Gil."

You Me At Six play their biggest UK tour to date this month. The run of shows kicks off at Belfast's Ulster Hall on March 14 and runs until April 3, when the band play the second of two shows at London's O2 Academy Brixton.

You can watch a video interview with You Me At Six from their most recent UK tour by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.


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