After a few EPs, U.K. indie rockers Life In Film are gearing up to release their debut album, Here It Comes, produced by Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths). Ahead of its May 5 release, Billboard has the exclusive premiere of “It’s What Happens Next That Matters Most,” one of the LP’s songs.
“When we write a new track we often give it a working title which is generally something ridiculous,” singer-guitarist Samuel Fry tells Billboard. “Whilst writing ‘It’s What Happens Next That Matters Most’ it was called ‘Ant March ‘because…it sounded like Ants marching? The real title is about looking forward in the face of adversity. And the lyrics deal with both hope and despair.” Listen to it below. Fry explains how producer Stephen Street created the song’s unique sound.
“Stephen Street suggested using a very natural low-fi mic for the intro to create the impression of isolation which is in the lyrics, and this provided more impact when the full band come in and take the song in a different direction. The arrangement is a good example of all four of us contributing in different ways to give the song a lot of character.”
Oh, and by the way, this song was recorded topless.
“The practice room we used to rehearse in had no windows and used to get crazy hot in the summer,” Fry says. “So by the end of practice we had all stripped down to our pants. Which always gave the next band coming in a bit of a shock.?? Dominic [Sennett] has a picture of Jack Nicholson on the back of his bass, it’s of Jack when he won his first Oscar. Trophy held aloft. The quote of his, ‘If I can win this, then you can do anything.'” ?