Another worriedaboutsatan history lesson.
It wasn’t really my intention to do these little pieces about our songs in chronological order, but that’s just the way it’s worked out I suppose, so thought I’d share a bit on ‘I’m Not / The Next Round’, our most recent single, and first in four years.
If you’ve read anything about these two tracks, then well done for starters, as we barely did any promotion for it, but also you might know already that these two were sat on my laptop for a hell of a long time. In fact I remember being in Oxford for a few days in summer 2011, as we were staying with our buddy Russell.M.Harmon for a long weekend, sat around showing him the demos as they were. “Yeah, we’re hoping to put them out soon” we’d said. Optimistic as usual!
The initial demos came hot on the heels of the first Ghosting Season EP, but with the idea being that they were expressly for worriedaboutsatan, not GS. Around the same time, we’d had some ‘industry experts’ tell us that worriedaboutsatan wasn’t worth keeping, and we should just amalgamate the two bands to save confusing everyone as to which band was doing what. We argued that with careful planning and making sure one release didn’t stomp all over another one, you could avoid all that confusion by just telling people that one band did one type of music, and the other one did something a bit different - not exactly a new thing to do, especially in electronic music.
So for a long time, these demos sat on a hard drive, and we didn’t know what to do with them. We were busy with Ghosting Season anyway, so couldn’t actually find the time to finish the tracks in a satisfactory manner either.
There were a whole slew of demos around this time, all harking back to the Arrivals style of reverby, ghostly techno with post rock guitars and weird samples. We’d heard people like Andy Stott and Holy Other do similar things, and there were certainly times where we thought “Fuck! That’s what we used to do!” so we knew we had worriedaboutsatan tracks - they were too slow and weird for Ghosting Season, but we didn’t know what the future held for ‘satan and everything that came with it.
Then, the ‘industry experts’ buggered off and left us to it. Which we were a bit shocked by at first, but then realised we were kinda free to do anything we wanted, so we started by resurrecting our label, This Is It Forever, then we both started making solo records, then we decided to finally open those ‘satan demos again.
The whole thing from start to finish took about one full day. We wanted these to sound different to Ghosting Season, so we adopted other ways of working - we didn’t think too much, we went with the flow on a lot of it, and decided on the fly what to keep and what to put where. We recorded a few old synths and added some drum machine parts from Tom’s 808, and we were done. It felt good to keep it so easy and free, so we decided to release it like that too - one morning, we just put it out there. The first thing in four years. And it sold out with minimal press coverage, so we have you guys to thank for that, and for sticking with us for so long!