Ever wondered what your favourite artists think is the best song they’ve written? How about the meaning behind it? Well don’t fret because we at AltCorner have got you covered! Here Immolated Moth‘s Thom Bleasdale takes us behind the scenes on his favourite song!
What is your favourite song you’ve written?
On this album, they all mean a lot to me of course, and a couple in particular, the ones about disability, are very personal and important to me, but they aren’t my favourite. That one is, at the time of writing, ‘The Bloody Hunter’.
What inspired the song?
I love animals, I always have done and I grew up in farming country, where hunting was seen as normal. I never saw it as normal, the justifications were always, to my mind, extremely weak, and I found it incredibly disturbing to see people behaving as they did to small animals, especially to see how excited and thrilled they were by the killing and the suffering of these animals. I grew to despise them at a very young age. My mum has spent years fund-raising for various charities that rescue and protect bears, and I have always liked the idea of animals putting humans in their place so with all that combined, I decided to write this story of a bear hunting the hunter.
What is it about the track that makes it so special to you?
The progression and structure of the song is different to all the others, and it’s the most clear ‘story’ track on the album. It was fun imagining being the bear, and catching the hunter, and I like the way the music follows and tells the story. It’s like a modern day ‘Peter and the wolf’, In a way. Sort of. Maybe, hahaha! And also this is the one song on the album that has a happy ending – well, for the bear, anyway – and I love a happy ending! Doesn’t everyone?