The Band Explains: India Mill - 'In Motion'. (VIDEO PREMIERE)
About The Track: 'In Motion' is the third single from the debut album 'Under Every Sky', which was well received by magazines such as Artrocker, The Vinyl District, Buzzin Music, Hold Up Now, and Louder Than War, with two of the album tracks also having been selected for the BBC Introducing Mixtape on 6Music. 'In Motion' is accompanied by a b side single 'My Fury' and due for release 6th July 2015.
In terms of the lead guitar, Johnny Marr certainly isn’t one of the first guitarists that come to mind when I think of our Si but on this song, particularly in the verses, he seems to cast a shadow. That said, Si’s playing is as individual as ever, and I’m sure he had something different in his head when we were recording it.For the most part, the bass and drums are pretty straightforward although we changed them in a way that really affected the shape of the song. When we first played the song, Dean used to go to his toms and ride for the pre-chorus yet we realised that the song retained more drive were it to stay on the hi-hats. The first guide started with the bass and drums coming in together but after conversations we decided that it would be better trilling the high E to come back into the. The sound of the drums was shaped through a conversation that Mark Jones had with his close friend Ged Lynch who has played with some very successful artists. He mentioned Jim Keltner to Mark. Mark wasn’t as aware of Jim Keltner playing as we were but when he relayed the message we knew it made sense and we jumped at it.
Lyrically the song is about coming out of something and moving forward. I can’t think of any other way to describe it that that really. I enjoy lyrics but I don’t think they are as important as a strong melody, bass-line and beat. ‘Good’ lyrics are a bonus but sentiment is everything. Clumsy lyrics can still express a beautiful sentiment but the song has to be great before that comes across. There’s a quote somewhere that there are lots of great songs with bad lyrics but no great songs with bad music. Or something like that." - Al Smith.
Feature by Karla Harris.