Track Guide - Hold True
The verse chord sequence for Hold True was originally written on Squier VI - a short-scale six-string bass that's like a hybrid between a guitar and a bass. I was experimenting with slightly different (for us, at least!) counting, so the time signature changes from 4/4 to 3/4. then 3/4 to 4/4. It gives a slightly off-kilter feel and allowed for a stilted melody.
The part was eventually transferred to a standard bass, with the string players following the pattern and the harp and guitar adding colour.
If you listen closely you can also hear Jack playing on of our favourite percussion instruments: the udu drum. It's a beautiful African instrument with a brilliant bass sound - we had a great time recording it.
The main lyrical theme is exploring the internal conflicts we all have when getting out of our comfort zone and trying something we're afraid of.
This was one of our favourites right from the early demo stage, so it was a natural choice for us to put it out as our first single.