Why I was never a ‘road bmW’ fan
By now, you’ve probably read the words to Dirt Road Anthem, the title track on the new album from British singer-songwriter Matt Bellamy, The Road Book.
The track is the first track on this album that features an instrumental, and the title is a reference to the famous line in The Road to Damascus by British author Richard Wright: “The road is paved with gold, so why should the dirt be different?”
In an era where road racing is still dominated by the ‘Bridgestone Arena’ circuit in Australia, the song is an homage to the sport’s past, which is often viewed as too ‘dirt’ or ‘muddy’ for the average fan.
In addition to the instrumental, Bellamy’s new song features some very different production, with guitars playing over an industrial beat and the vocals sung in a slightly different tone.
It’s a really interesting choice of music, one that feels a bit like Bellamy is trying to say something about the sport, but also to explore its past, in order to help people understand what it is like to live in the real world.
As with any artist who’s been on the scene for so long, there’s always a chance to get it wrong, so I think it’s really cool to see a band like Bellamys latest album get the chance to experiment with new things and explore the possibilities of the genre.
Bellamy says he first heard about the song’s existence when he was in college, and when he went to visit his friend, he asked her what it was.
She replied: “I think it has something to do with the title of the song.”
She then went on to describe the track as “the first song I’ve ever heard of The Roadbook”, which was a reference point for the band’s fans.
“It was a really nice surprise to hear that,” she said.
“I didn’t really know that I was hearing a song that was from a songwriter who had done such a great job with the songs that he had written.
I was very curious, so when I got back home I checked out the lyrics on the internet and I realised it had something to with The RoadBook.”
So the band made a few changes, including a few edits to the original track.
“Matt went and listened to it and changed the lyrics to ‘the road is not paved with blood’,” she said, referencing the bandmate’s comment that it’s a “road not paved by blood”.
“I had to go back to the source, so that I could change it to something more like The Road is Not a Dirt Road.
So I rewrote it a little bit and we’ve kept the same chord progression as The Road, which I think makes it sound like a lot of people have heard it.”
“The Road is a bit of a journey” is a common refrain in contemporary rock songs, but Bellamy has added an extra twist to the song.
“The main song is kind of a long journey,” he said.
The main thing is that the road is a journey, it’s not paved. “
There’s a lot more about it that I want to show people, but I think there’s more to it than that.
So there’s some stuff going on there that is going to be interesting to hear.” “
And I’ve always been a fan of the road, and a lot has happened to the road since I’ve been around.
So there’s some stuff going on there that is going to be interesting to hear.”
As a songwriting process, Bellamies goal is to find different ways to create a song, and he’s been working on his own musical style since the mid-2000s.
“My first songs are kind of just trying to write and play something that I feel like can be heard in the lyrics,” he explained.
“So, I don’t really like making a lot or trying to go all out, because then you’re always trying to sound like you’re trying to do something new.
So, I just try to make a really basic song that I can be comfortable with and that I don’ want to overstay my welcome.”
While he is still writing songs, Bellamus new album is his first since 2010’s The Road Is a Road.
“This time around I really want to make it feel like a continuation of last year,” he shared.
“For me, I feel it’s the perfect time to make this record because I’ve written a lot, and in my head I know that everything has changed, so hopefully it feels the same to people as it did when I first started.
So it’s kind of an open-ended record.
There’s just so much more to come and I want people to know what to expect from it.”
Bellamas album will be released on April 14