Feature: The Anatomy of 'Glitch' with Janice Prix

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Swedish band Janice Prix recently unveiled their moving new single 'Glitch', which is an impassioned elegy for the victims of a tragedy in their hometown of Trollhättan in 2015, from the perspective of the murderer. Learn more about the story behind 'Glitch' with Janice Prix below.

We wrote ‘Glitch’… during a long period of time. I guess you can say that it got put aside for a while. Considering the theme, it wasn’t an easy song to write.

The story behind ‘Glitch’ is… that we didn’t know what to do with it. The music was finished way ahead of the lyrics because we didn’t know how to match that gloomy feel that had been there from the beginning. It really made us think carefully about what the song should be about and we didn’t feel like writing yet another love song.

In the fall of 2015, a masked man killed students and teachers with a sword at Kronan — a school in our hometown of Trollhättan, Sweden. Knowing people on both sides of this tragedy it left us with lots of question, anger and grief. Never really thought of this as inspiration for songwriting but the more we thought about it the more lines kept popping up. Then listening to the demo of ’Glitch’ while reading those lines, it just took off.

Our favourite lyric is… “Us (us, us, us, us) and them (them, them, them, them)” from the not unsurprisingly named Pink Floyd song, “Us And Them”.

It was made… on different locations but the recordings were mainly made at Psykbunkern, a legendary Swedish studio owned by the band kent and our co-producer Stefan Boman.

Our main inspiration was… regarding the sound and production of the song: a kind of Radiohead-esque feeling, with a glitchy and spooky soundscape, with child music boxes playing. We also wanted the sound to have the feeling of a dark landscape flashing by, hence the lyrics “Sverige flashing by” in the first verse. “Sverige” is the Swedish word for Sweden, by the way. In short, we wanted the song to be well suited for a semi-sad person on a semi-sad train looking out of the window on a semi-sad landscape.

It sounds best when… you play it louder than your neighbours would tolerate.

Listen to 'Glitch' by Janice Prix below:

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