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SHANGHAI METRO TEMPLE: BEAST


Pat Edler is the lead guitarist of Shanghai Metro Temple. After playing together for the first time while studying in Shanghai, drummer Justin Stasio and Pat set out to create a band that would bring a new but nostalgic take on rock music. After getting together with singer Devyn Lynch and pianist Kevin Graf, Shanghai Metro Temple was born and the rest is history.


Beast


Verse 1:

When the world comes caving in and its time we borrow

Sicknesses they will consume and the people follow

Were we ever free

Chorus 1:

And they will take to you

A simple man to see it through

Just reach up and meet demise

and defeat you with those lies

Oh the Beast it will consume

Verse 2:

Do the Gods look down on them

just to see what we can be

to mask a man and run him down

under lights from the marque

Chorus 2:

And they will take to you

A simple man to see it through

Just reach up and meet demise

Bridge:

and defeat you with those lies

the Beast it will consume you

Outro Chorus:

And they will take to you

A simple man to see it through

Just reach up and meet demise

and defeat you with those lies

Oh the Beast it will consume

Interview with Pat Edler with Shanghai Metro Temple:


What are your favorite lyrics from your latest single?


The Beast it will consume…”


I feel this is a powerful lyric in its own right because it is so descriptive despite its length and can apply to anything in your life. Devyn originally wrote the lyrics to express his feelings on two years of being in a pandemic but I choose to look at the song as an expression of our lives. The Beast is dealing with negative aspects of life itself. The ideas, the people, the feelings that are constantly pulling against you and want you to fail. The Beast is gluttonous and has no remorse or feeling at all it keeps moving and trying to take you down and it's up to you to push past and find a way to defeat your Beast.

What kind of pull did you feel about making the single?


Beast was unique in that it was almost entirely written in the studio. It started off with taking a riff from an old demo I had recorded and creating a song around that. We entered the studio with just the skeleton and our ideas of what it could be. Once we began recording we let the track pull us to where it needed to go and everyone collaborated in getting the parts exactly right.

Are all your writing sessions collaborative or do you go off on your own? Do you have a preference?


The writing process is mostly collaborative, especially in the studio, but we each have our own quirks during writing. I typically like to have skeletons together because I get overwhelmed trying to jam out a song live and Devyn typically writes lyrics and melody lines on his own. We don’t ever write each other's parts (with the exception of Devyn or I writing a guitar part for the other), but we try to be present for the recording to provide feedback and direction when parts are being composed.

Do you ever compare the work you bring to the table?


We certainly do. The goal of a band is to bring the best possible music to the fans and that means some ideas get picked and some don’t. But really tabling an idea isn’t tragic since while that idea may not have been ideal at the time the riffs and ideas can always be reworked to create an exceptional piece of music down the line.

That being said, the most important aspect for us is that one of us can’t write SMT’s music. It is the collaboration of the five parts working together towards the common goal that makes us sound like us.

What is standard practice when it comes to if the song is really finished?


Well as an unsigned band we are kind of at the mercy of studio costs so we try to get to finished as quickly as possible. Typically tracking the guitar solo is the last item before mixing but occasionally we find a mix isn’t sitting exactly just right and we will try to figure out what it needs to get over that hump, whether it's just a mixing note or adding a whole new instrument. Overall, we tend to view a song as “finished” when we’d be comfortable debuting it live.


What was the goal for making the latest track?


The goal was to create a hard-driving rock song for the end of the album. A lot of our songs start soft and get more intense as we go so we wanted a song that would hit you in the face right when the riff kicked in. While D.T.A.B. we wanted something that wasn’t a party song. So I went to one of my main influences, Iron Maiden. I love Iron Maiden's multiple lead attack and stacked harmonies and wanted to incorporate those ideas into the song. In the end, we ended up with one of our most popular and hard-rocking songs.

Challenges to the new music that no one would know about?


I guess there are three I would spotlight:

  1. The guitar solo in Beast took me the longest to write of all the solos on the album and at the time was near my max speed on the guitar.

  2. The lyrics weren’t finished until 2 am the night before vocal recording.

  3. Justin hates recording tracks without a vocal line and since vocals weren’t finished by the time drums were tracked he had to go without.

Favorite memory in the making of this music?


My favorite memory was writing the bridge section after the second chorus in the studio. I had an idea of where I wanted it to go and laid the chords down but what Kevin and Kal ended up bringing to the section with the walk-down piano and bass lines was truly special. Especially since I wasn’t in the room to hear it written and walked in on it being recorded the first time.

Is there anything off the table when it comes to bringing yourselves into your music?


Not yet I guess. We really want to create music that not only is expressive of ourselves but also music that our friends would put on their playlists.

Leave us on a high note! And share some good news!


I definitely have some of that. Shanghai Metro Temple is heading back to the studio in September so be on the lookout for a killer new single in late fall!

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Youtube: Shanghai Metro Temple

Website: https://shanghaimetrotemple.com/

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