Internet Forever are finally ready to release their eponymous debut album next week via Tape Alarm Records, four years after their initial formation. The record, produced by James Rutledge and Dreamtrak, is available to listen to below, along with a track by track guide from the band themselves.
1. Golden Temple
Craig: This is me messing around on a Casio MT-400v. The title is a reference to Sikhism’s holiest site - the Golden Temple in Amritsar, but there’s no deep statement to be made here. Bonus fact: this song is not an instrumental. Listen carefully.
Laura: 3D was the first song me and Craig ever wrote for this band. I went to his house when he was living in Cambridge and we tinkered around with keyboards until we came up with a backing track then I wrote and recorded the vocal line later on, in my bedroom in Stoke Newington. The song kept evolving once we played it live and recorded it properly, I love how big it sounds now, I think it is my favourite Internet Forever song.
Christopher: This song has changed so much over different versions, with the drum beat evolving from a Casio preset to this pummelling syncopated thing for a long time, to the current version, which James Rutledge who produced it with me described as a ‘jumped up Kanye marching band’. The tenor sax drones by Pete Fraser from Down I Go were supposed to be a reference to Evan Parker.
3. Break Bones
Christopher: This is another of our oldest songs that’s been through so many different versions. Again, originally a Casio preset, we then used to play it over a sampled loop of the intro to Schizophrenia by Sonic Youth. When we first got the chance to work with James Rutledge, we let him take quite a strong lead on it, telling him that we wanted it to be a bit like M83, with the dreamy atmospherics and large beat. It was him doing such a good job on it that made us realise it’d be worth recording all of our songs with full fleshed out arrangements and productions, rather than just knocking out a forgettable lo-fi album. The bit towards the end where the bassline drops down a sixth is probably one of my favourite moments on the album.
Craig: The final version of this song still has that weird scrappy ad-libbed guitar solo I originally did in my kitchen in 2007.
4. I Don’t Care
Laura: I’m proud of this song, mostly because it’s me playing guitar and also because it has a swear word in it. When I was doing the digital distribution for the album I really loved clicking the ‘explicit lyrics’ box.
Christopher: There’s an earlier version of this song which we released on a Pakistan floods charity compilation for Fractions Of One that had a drum beat that was a sort of tribute to Joy Division. We recorded that with Brett Shaw who was in the band South and it sounds really good, but for the album version we developed it a lot and changed the drums.
5. Happy New Year
Craig: Before I knew Laura Wolf IRL, this was my favourite Laura Wolf song.
Laura: This song is the oldest song on the album. It was written before the band existed and you can hear it in many forms in various places, like my solo EP. It’s pretty much the only song on the album that is positive. It is about getting with someone, rather than breaking up with someone.
Christopher: No one can tell which daytime quiz show the ending sound most like, but it makes us smile. James Rutledge had a big hand in this too, holding the live drums back until after the first chorus, which would never have occurred to us at all.
6. Pages of Books
Laura: This song always seems quite popular with our (many) fans. It’s about a guy I knew who was in his mid-20s but was just discovering books that most people read in their teens. It’s about how he became a pretentious teenage bore way too late in life.
Craig: Laura sent me the demo instrumental of this in the summer of what - 2007? I recorded some guitar for it then went to India. The first time I heard it with vocals was in an internet cafe in the desert between India and Pakistan, on one earphone. I still love this song as much as I did then.
Christopher: The weird 80s ambient sax coda on this was just something I added on (again with lots of help from Pete Fraser) after everyone else had gone home one night. Was so surprised (and pleased) when I wasn’t told to fuck right off the next morning.
7. Centre Of Your Universe
Christopher: For ages this song was light and breezy and had a galloping disco preset drum pattern under it, until we decided to really try and grab the Coldplay/Embrace dollar. The ending was supposed to be a tribute to ‘The Great Ship’ by Brian Eno, but doesn’t really sound at all like it.
8. White Light Collision Course
Laura: Again, this is a song that has existed in many forms over the years. It’s one of my favourites on the album and will be our next single. In it I contemplate how to kill someone who has dumped you in the most painful way possible.
Christopher: When it came time to play this live at our album launch a few weeks ago, I realised that only I had ever played one instrument on any version of it, and whilst it all made a lot of sense to me, it’s a quite ridiculous balance of being really simple and annoyingly complicated. As Laura and I wrote it a long time before Internet Forever, I used to play a cheery acoustic guitar and loop pedal version before the band existed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_OQq1IBg54
Craig: I think this is my favourite song on the album. Christopher’s guitar parts are so good.
9. I’ll Sleep When I’m Alive
Christopher: I wrote most of this song at my desk whilst doing a really terrible job. The job was going through thousands of files and getting rid of stuff that the organisation didn’t need anymore. I have asthma, and these files were so dusty that I had to sit and do it all wearing a face mask, sitting in an office, unable to talk and surrounded by really banal conversation. Lot’s of good pop songs are about heroin, and I recently decided I could pretend that this one is. But it isn’t. It really is just about how much getting out of bed in the morning sucks.
Laura: We weren’t sure whether or not to put this track on the album but we’re glad we did because it seems to be a favourite amongst people who have reviewed it so far. It was super hard to record these vocals as it has so many lyrics and is quite fast. Sometimes I had to sing in a Northern accent to make them scan, which kept making me laugh.
10. Zbigniew Sings
Christopher: There’s an early instrumental version of this on our tape we released a few years ago. It had a stupendously annoying keyboard hook, which I replaced with a song about how actually sometimes relationships can be a bit shit, but they still have worth, and life isn’t perfect, and stuff. The title is just something that heartbeeps wanted to call a song, after his boss when he was working in Poland.
Craig: I have lots of good stories about Zbigniew. Chris and Laura know them as well as I do now, so ask them.
11. Cover The Walls
Craig: I remember emailing Laura and Chris telling them the chord progression of this new song I was working on. Chris thought it was a parody. This is my favourite song to play live, and I HATE playing live!
Laura: This is my favourite song to perform live as I feel quite badass whilst singing it. The phrase ‘We could cover the walls with you’ was taken from a cell in Blankets by Craig Thompson (which is the opposite of badass).
Christopher: I just remember staying late at the studio with Dreamtrak, trying out different things on this track, like the half time chorus, the euphoric filter section, and the minor key chorus at the end, which is taken from Dreamtrak’s remix of the song from a while ago -http://soundcloud.com/dreamtrak/internet-forever-cover-the-walls-dreamtrak-diamond-sound. This also features Pete Gofton playing horrendously punishing hihat 16ths, almost constantly throughout, which none of us had a hope in hell of playing ourselves.
Christopher: This song started at Laura’s house once when she got out her big book of chords and opened it up on Gmaj7. It’s just this kind incredibly simple but I think well-poised playing around with the notes of that chord. Laura then wrote the vocal melody at some kind of songwriting retreat run by Tom Robinson off the radio, and I produced the basic track in my friend’s mum’s living room in Brussels, which sounded like this: http://soundcloud.com/alcxxk/3m-vybzz I really love Pete’s saxophone parts on this, which he just came in and improvised on top of each other. It was a ridiculously big job for Oli Dreamtrak to try and edit together sensibly and he did an amazing job because he’s a genius and you should record stuff with him and listen to all of his work.
Craig: Hearing the final version of this song confirmed to me that I’ve worked in the mist of very talented people.
‘Internet Forever’ will be release on 2nd April 2012 and will be available to buy from the band's bandcamp page.