IOU began, in the mind of vocalist and writer Tyler Shilling, as a mammoth project with some unexpected influences.
“IOU was always really massive sounding in my head; booming bass, and a kind of Jay-Z style hip-hop beat.,” said Shilling.
The single themes of a revolutionary, repressed generation and the quiet ways in which they can fight back.
“I wanted the music to carry the aggression in the song, and sing in a softer tone to create a weird divide between the weight of the music and themes against the reserved, hesitant vocal delivery,” said Shilling.
“I feel this song represents a kind of nervous anxiety, a state of confusion andfrustration that a lot of young people are feeling. It’s a kind of bratty beating of the chest to anyone who wants to try and take away our rights, our individuality, becausethey think they know better.“
For guitarist Dominic Pelecanos, the struggle translating the technical aspects of IOU to the studio was a rewards process.
“The initial idea was a fairly ambitious meshing of genres, we were concerned that we’dstruggle to translate it into a live studio sound. But with Konstantin Kersting’sguidance and ingenuity we feel we’ve pulled if off, and are very happy with the result,” said Pelecanos.