Feature: The Anatomy of 'How Was I Supposed To Know' with The VANNS

Friday, September 28, 2018

The VANNS are about to embark on a tour to celebrate the release of their single 'How Was I Supposed To Know'. Before they kick things off tomorrow at Yours & Owls Festival in Wollongong, Cam from the group took some time out to break down the single for us.

We wrote ‘How Was I Supposed To Know’… over a pretty long time span. I remember we were rehearsing at Jim’s house mid-late last year, and I was sitting outside the rehearsal studio having lunch, and the boys started jamming the chords. I walked in and started playing the riff and solo and I’m pretty sure we came up with the final arrangement then and there. The lyrics came later. Jim would kinda play around with a melody and a couple of lines that stuck and then he and I got together in a room and wrote the lyrics.

The story behind ‘How Was I Supposed To Know’ is… frustration. Confusion. Anger. Envy. It centralises around a break up and seeing someone you were (and still are) in love with seemingly moving on easily, and wanting to know how they do it.

My favourite lyric is… “confined / caught up in the piss-up that’s your life”

It was made… pretty easily actually. In terms of writing and recording it, I’d say it was one of the more painless tunes (from the album). The mission statement was fairly simple: energy and honesty.

Our main inspiration was… from a guitarist point of view, I have this guitar pedal on my board called a Foxrox ‘OCTRON.’ I definitely wouldn’t have written that riff without it.

It sounds best when… we play it live. It’s such a fun live tune.

You can listen to 'How Was I Supposed To Know' by The VANNS below:

Catch The VANNS live at the below dates:
Sat 29th September - Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong
Fri 5th October - Black Bear Lodge - Fortitude Valley, QLD
Sat 6th October - The Northern - Byron Bay, NSW
Sat 13th October - The Lansdowne - Sydney, NSW
Fri 19th October - Rocket Bar - Adelaide, SA
Sat 20th October - Northcote Social Club - Melbourne, VIC
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(Photo by The Art Of Capture via The VANNS' FB)