Riley Holmes is a Sunshine Coast local artist from Maroochydore. His new single “39 Days” is now available in most places online. We discuss where this song came from.
Riley Holmes –
“39 Days” is a fast paced, in your face, electro rock / punk song written after a break up… 39 days later to be specific.
Where were you when this song came about? What were you up to?
The music was originally created at the end of a band jam, where a band mate told me to make something up and just roll with it… I started playing a random progression of chords, and my cousin (drumming) joined in. The 4 of us in the band were all looking at each other with wide eyes and amazement (as we were still playing) of what had just been created. I really didn’t want to forget how the new tune went, so we instantly recorded it on our phones.
The music you hear in the track is the exact progression to what was created in that moment.
A few days later, I wrote the lyrics in my mum’s workroom in about 3-4 hours. And that was that.
What is the intention with this song?
This song was a way for me to free my soul and heartache from my now “over” relationship. Describing where her head was at and what affects it had on me.
What inspired you to create/write this song?
I got dumped out of nowhere, didn’t see any signs, and the shock factor stunned me a bit. It took me about 4 months (until the new year) to get over her with the help of friends. I just wanted to get on with my life because I had tried to get back with her but she was already talking to someone new, which I later found out she was talking to during our relationship.
Having my band mates and other close friends of mine there to help me was really reassuring that I wasn’t alone. My closest mate at the time went through the same situation a few weeks later, so it was kind of good timing to be dumped so we could help each other haha.
What is your favourite line or lyric & why?
“I just cannot connect the dots” is probably my favourite line in the song because it is a direct reference to in inside joke we had.
Does this song have any musical influences?
My music style (which you can hear in this song) is influenced by bands such as The Angels, INXS, AC/DC, Cold Chisel, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Pantera, Hoobastank, etc… Obviously with a wide mixture and over time, it has evolved into my own sound.