I started writing this song with my friend and long time collaborator Paul Pilot for the record 'Oh Pioneer'. We wrote the first verse then and I finished it as I walked to the shops to get some food during the recording of 'Look Out Machines' in Eastbourne. For me, the song is the realisation that we are not alone in whatever it is we are feeling, that many people have been there before.
Like many songs I write there is a mixture of sadness and hope in its DNA. I then went through the same streets and onto the beach in Eastbourne near the reamains of the burned pier with a tape recorder recording the sounds of Eastbourne which is what you hear in the background.
Opener Wingman sets you up for the scale of things to come with orchestral flourishes, martial drums and Wilson’s multi-tracked warm vocals.
As one of Ireland’s most prolific artists, Duke Special has dipped his toes in more genres than you’d find in a small library.
So much so, that there’s not really one style that you could associate with the dreadlocked Belfast man.
One friend recalled that Wilson had an awkward habit that could cause social embarrassment. It could nearly be called a “psychic tick”. Since he was used to being so different from other people, he would tune in to other people’s difference subconsciously, often naming these quirks.