Are You Real?
Beware of Darkness’ brand new track, “Are You Real?” is lyrically ruthless and musically relentless. Frontman Kyle Nicolaides begs questions that need no answers (“Are you real?/ Cause you mean nothing to me” and “How does it feel to be the bottom of the human race?”) as furious guitars pound away in the background. This is the title track off of their upcoming album, out September 16th via Bright Antenna Records. You can pre-order it here.
Here’s what Nicolaides had to say about the new track:
Sometimes If I’m lucky I’ll find a song and I obsessively listen to it. We were in the last couple days of the demo process, had already cut around 45 songs for the new LP over the course of 3 weeks, and had one more real day to cut a new song. Only problem was I didn’t have any more songs.
At the time I was obsessively listening to “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles. We needed a song to record the next day that I didn’t have, so I was dead tired from recording all day, got home, turned on my Tempest, and crafted Are You Real? in about 30 minutes. It’s got the same structure as “Walk Like An Egyptian” and I wanted the vibe to be a sort of fight / challenge song in the vein of “Bad” or “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. The entire song was written without guitars.
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