Human Wheel / Them Or Us (6:10)
Composition: Ylilauri, Oikarinen, Veijalainen, Ervelius, Sutinen
Lyrics: Ylilauri, Oikarinen
lead vocals: Matti
clean guitar: Oikku
lead guitars: Oikku
backwards guitar solo: Suti
whispers & mantra: Matti
backing vocals: Oikku, Ville
Matti wrote the original draft of the song with the verse and chorus in 4/4. The two of us worked on it together tweaking the chords, adding the quieter B-section, changing the verse time signature etc. During rehearsals we felt it needed some more material in the middle so we wrote some of it together with the whole band.
The vocal background riff ‘Hope/love is the strongest thing …” was a last-minute idea by Matti. He had been talking about some kind of vocal idea for some time, and one day we just started experimenting in the studio which resulted in a new dimension to the song.
The rhythm track for the chorus took a lot of time and experimenting to come up with. We didn’t want to follow the obvious path and just play along the guitars, but create some counterpoint and give a more living rhythm. This is one of the rare places, where someone might feel inspired to dance to our music. Just be careful for the following part in 13/8 time, we don’t wanna be responsible for breaking anybody’s legs.