Human Wheel / You Can Only Lose (3:55)
Composition & Lyrics: Veijalainen
lead vocals: Matti
lead guitar: Oikku
clean guitar (right): Suti
crunch guitar in chorus (right): Suti
backing vocals: Ville, Oikku
The song started out from a rhythmic idea, which I then developed into a piano riff, the one that opens the song. The main guitar part is actually almost entirely based on the piano demo that I made for the song.
There’s an acoustic arrangement for the song also, with just piano, acoustic guitar and vocals.
This is the straight rock-out song on the album. We’re playing so much 7/4 time signature these days that for us seven is straight and 4/4 is tricky. Sometimes in rehearsals we’re struggling with a piece and somebody asks “why is this section so damn difficult?”. Often the answer is “it’s in four man!” 🙂
Learning to play the piano parts on guitar was very challenging. I liked the chord voicings on the piano demo so much that I did not want to dilute the effect by playing more guitaristic chords. Because this is such a rocking song, I wanted to keep things simple and play just one lead guitar track straight through à la Van Halen – no doubling or other trickery.