TUNE Slender Pins - Apprentice to Life
The song is a ridiculous two minute romp that channels the sounds of 1970s punk, the pomp of retro glam, and the swagger of some good old fashioned rock and roll. The lyrics narrate the subjective prattle of a syncratic character known simply as the Apprentice to Life.
The track was recorded and produced by friend, Mat Lomas, at Goldsmiths, University of London, just days before the UK Covid-19 lockdown was announced:
Ed (drummer) on recording the track, artwork and video: ‘We managed to bag some free studio time with a friend who studies at Goldsmiths. We recorded the track in a couple of hours. There are a couple of overdubs but the main body of the song was recorded in just one take.
Alex and Ash wrote the track but for some reason it evoked this tobacco stained 1970s vibe. So, for the artwork I used a 1970s colour palette with a silhouette of Elvis Presley doing his signature tip toe dance move. It’s open to interpretation…’
The idea of the video was to take advantage of everyone stuck at home with not very much to do, during lockdown. I asked some of the few faithful friends/fans of the band if they’d like to dance along to the track - luckily, someone of them did. The video is painstakingly DIY. I had to convert Powerpoint Slides to make animations: that’s the level we’re working at here.’
Alex (guitarist) on inspiration behind the track: ‘Ash [vocalist] was flicking through a book by some Soviet propagandist and one of the chapters was titled “Apprentice to Life”. With those words in mind I improvised the main riff of the song. Taken from its original context the phrase evoked the mindset of a disenfranchised millennial with a prematurely jaded outlook, who finds it hard to see why the world as it stands should be engaged with anything other than flippancy. It ended up sounding like something you might play at a barbecue which has descended into depravity and chaos with startling rapidity.’