MUSIC

DEBUT SINGLE "No Fall Of Rome" - What's IT ABOUt!?

“The song started out a little heavier, with more overdriven guitars in the chorus a-la My Bloody Valentine and I had a different melody in the verses, slightly different lyrics and a different drum rhythm. “I recorded the final vocals with Declan (Bluebird Studios) in May 2021. I had a kind of Fleetwod Mac vibe in my head for the layered background vocals in the chorus. I later added the Roland Juno & Prophet V keyboard parts with Julian (Joules Productions) to give it a sprinkle of pop” says Keelan.

The Lyrics

“There’s a synergy between how you live and what you write…it’s inevitable. No Fall of Rome was born out of a fascination I have with both Rome and people’s journeys. Freud referred to the mind as being like Rome (Civilisation and its Discontents) with its long and rich past and the book deals with that clash between individuality & society’s expectations. Anyway, all things begins in the mind and continue with how you manage it. The people you have around you are so important. I’d seen people in different life-stages entertaining giving up on themselves a bit, blunted by life’s challenges – letting their earlier hopes and dreams slip. I liked the metaphor of Rome and your life as having all the attributes of a city and hypothesising that there ain’t no fall of Rome gonna happen on my watch.

The song lyrics are kinda like an imaginary conversation you might have with a friend (“I can tell by the way you’re leaning“…etc), who’s entertaining giving up on themselves. But (“No way I’m falling for it”…etc) despite what they feel like right now.

During lockdown I was reading about how Nero recreated the city of Rome following the fire. I had read some W.B. Yeats poems again so I might have channelled some of his great poems (e.g. Sailing to Byzantium, No Second
Troy). And it’s always struck me how many of the architecturally noteworthy and robust buildings in Ireland are long-standing artefacts of the British empire. I felt blending these concepts and word-pictures (’empire building’ and ‘no fall of Rome”) into the chorus made for an interesting lyric & description for somebody who can stand the test of time.”