Take My World Away is Ben Wood & The Bad Ideas’ love letter to isolation and true abandon. They wanted the single, both lyrically and sonically, to reflect escape as well as an earnest yet bitter acceptance of one’s own fate. With this new release The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss the track in more detail.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Take My World Away?
Thank you. We are delighted with how it’s been received. It was a challenge putting the song together remotely and that makes the positive response the song’s been met with all the more satisfying. Because we’re releasing a single per month for all of 2020 it means that every song has to sing for its supper. The whole thing’s very much like working on an album, for one thing there will be twelve songs at the end of it. I think the key difference is the shape it’s taking, whether it be the singles individually or as a collective at six months in, it is as new to us as it is to you. It brings an immediacy and intensity with writing, recording and releasing this way. We certainly feel this energy when we’re working on it and that’s coming across in the songs. People are responding to it and we are so grateful for that.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
Take My World Away, is about wanting to escape and be caught at the same time.
TF: Such a great track, where did you get your influences from for this one?
We have a broad cannon of influences to draw upon where we need to. We were certainly listening to a lot of the more prominent post punk and new wave bands of the late 70s and 80s. For us as a band it’s never so much about getting the instrumentation close to our influences or even using the blueprints of those arrangements, it’s about capturing the dynamic and the energy. As a band it’s about the chemistry for us and how each part works on its own whilst maintaining that chemistry. The components have to be strong individually but so does the machine. The Rolling Stones have always been able to create parts that have their own specific character and prominence. What has always struck us is how they are able to put all of those very proud, utterly stand-alone parts together and sound “as one,” to make it a song. We wanted to capture this with Take My World Away. This is something we always try to harness but this time it all had to be done from afar.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release, can we look forward to an EP, LP?
Because of the way we work we are able to cover quite a lot of sonic ground yet still sound like us. So you can expect more material, a variety of sounds and of course, more videos. As a band our job is to make music so if it’s LP, EP, touring, it’s a yes to all of the above from us.