Feature: The Anatomy of 'Denim' with Mealtime

Monday, June 17, 2019
Photo by @hayleygracerawlings on IG 

Manchester band Mealtime early last month shared their debut single 'Denim' via Someone Great Records/PIAS. It might be their first official single, but the six-piece are destined for big things. The last few months have seen them gain momentum, and we're incredibly excited to hear more from them this year. Until they serve up more incredible tunes, learn more about their debut single 'Denim' with Sam from Mealtime below.

We wrote 'Denim'... in a bid to appear in high-street retail fashion adverts, earning lucrative synchronisation fees that would subsidise the project's entire discography for the next 12 years. The bid was unsuccessful, but we like the song.

The story behind 'Denim' is... six semi-professional hot sauce eating contestants fumbling around in a dark bedroom with analogue synthesizers, angrily yelling at a MacBook until it eventually produced 'Denim'. (Andy is still working on Denim in his spare time, we haven't told him it's already been released)

My favourite lyric is... from Nelly Furtado's 2006 album Loose, the hit single 'Promiscuous' ft. Timbaland, "You expect me to just let you hit it / But will you still respect me if you get it?' The album really stands as a turning point stylistically in Furtado's discography. The yearning in Timbaland's voice really drives the emotional sentiment behind the hook home. The boy is thirsty.

It was made... in the cripplingly small amount of spare time we have together, usually in the hedgehogs hours of the day. Again, in a dark smelly bedroom full of 6 boys and one poor “lady”.

Our main inspiration was... Andy’s sheer commitment to the instrumental of the track. Andy did not sleep for 3 months until we were convinced of its potential.

It sounds best when... we aren’t all arguing over the top of it, and once Andy let us fade the track out.

Listen to 'Denim' by Mealtime below:


Follow Mealtime: