Picking up where post-hardcore band Climates left off, Lincolnshire melodic hardcore band Blood Youth are set to release their debut EP, ‘Inside My Head’ on June 22nd and sees the five-piece delivering a unrelenting mix of heavy riffs and passionate vocals. From start to finish ‘Inside My Head’ is a constant outpour of frustrations and fears.
For this edition of “Track Guide”, Blood Youth vocalist Kaya Tarsus talks us through ‘Inside My Head’.
1. Piece by Piece
A lot of the tracks on ‘Inside My Head’ are about my own experience and point of view of dealing with a break up and other challenges that come with it. ‘Piece by Piece’ is quite a brutal song lyrically, it’s about trying to move on with your life by starting a new relationship, but eventually realising that you do not actually feel any emotion for the other person. At first I was holding back when I was writing the lyrics for this song, but I eventually I realised that the best way to get a message across in a song is to be blunt as possible.
This song is about realising that you have hit rock bottom and desperately wanting to start over. I used to spend a lot of time staying over at various friend’s houses because I wanted to get away for a bit, the more time you spend on your own the worse you start feeling about various issues, so it was good to have a distraction. This song is about getting over that feeling of thinking you’re a “failure”. I actually remember writing the lyrics “living our life from the ground up” whilst I was sleeping on my friends living room floor.
Most of the lyrics from this song were taken from notes I used to write down in my phone when I was going through a rough patch. They weren’t necessarily for lyrics when I was writing them, I was using it in a cathartic sort of way. We only decided to use them as lyrics at the last minute when we were in the studio.
3. Cold Sweat
‘Cold Sweat’ is definitely the heaviest track on the EP. It’s about trying to deal with everybody else’s problems including your own. At the time I wasn’t in a great place financially, the relationship I was in was going to shit and I was constantly having arguments with my family. Sometimes carrying all that weight gets a bit too much! We wanted to get this heavy intensity across straight away when we were writing.
4. Dead Space
Lyrically, this is probably the most personal song on the EP for me. ‘Dead Space’ is about moving out of an apartment I used to live in. I had gone through a difficult time whilst living there, it felt like every time I came home I was reminded of someone I was trying to forget.
5. Big Smoke
This track is about moving away from the town I grew up in. At the time I felt like that the only way of I was going to get over something was that I had to get as far away from it as possible. So I moved to a city in a different country to find some sort of clarity. It actually turned out to be the best thing I ever did for myself, I needed to get away to realise how much I missed being in a band, creating music. I came back to then UK after 3 months to start work on Blood Youth with the rest of the guys.
‘Inside My Head’ by Blood Youth is released on June 22nd on Rude Records.