Today, we get to team up with Tim Barr aka SILVERBIRD for the release of his new single “Multiply” off the his eponymous record.
“Multiply” is open to interpretation and blends dark lyrics through a haunting instrumentation. “Who are you to multiply, you cannot hide from the inside or the outside” is the chorus, where we can’t hide from our true selves and how we make others feel.
We also get to sit with the singer-songwriter to talk more about this and more!
Hi Tim, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello, thank you for having me, all has been well.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Multiply is about a time when I was walking home from work and I got sucker punched in the back of the head by a drunk guy. He hit me very hard and as I was going to the ground it was like in the cartoons where it looked as if there were about five of him. I was able to regain my composure and tackle him and we had a fight in the street.
A couple of people broke it up and we went on our way, I went home with a black eye and wrote the song.
The single comes off your new album Sign of the Good Times – what’s the story behind the title?
It’s the perspective that it’s all good even when its bad because that is the only way it could be.
How was the recording and writing process?
Very fast the second time around…I recorded a crappy version of the album with some big shot producer and threw it in the garbage. I went home, bought my own gear and rerecorded it in the bedroom. I had much more fun playing all the instruments myself and the element of total control is better for me.
How much did the bedroom environment get to influence the sound and writing as a whole of the record?
A lot! My first attempt at recording this album was with a Grammy award winning producer and I honestly could not have been less happy with the result. I found for myself that I do not need someone else’s opinion in order to get what I want. The ability to be uninfluenced by another person freed up a lot of joy and creativity for me in the process.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Everyday life. Being a firefighter certainly helps. I see things on a daily basis that most people do not see in their lifetime. It is a part of the title of Sign of The Good Times, when we are at our worst we bring out the best in others it seems.