Lose Yourself

Album: Specter At The Feast (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • This is the closing track of Specter At The Feast, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's first album that was recorded without the help of the late sound engineer Michael Been (father of singer Robert Levon Been). This song was inspired by one of the band's last shared moments with the vocalist's late dad. Robert Levon Been recalled to Q magazine: "The last time we were all together on the last tour was when we played a show at Sumer Sonic in Japan. We went on, then Jónsi went on after us. All of us were really moved by his show. It's one of the few times we've all stood side of the stage together and watched. Usually on tour everyone scatters. It was one of the last times we were all together and were really moved.
    "When 'Lose Yourself' came along later on we all shared that moment together again with that song," he added. "It was definitely inspired by him but it wasn't something that we talked about. We didn't aim to get back to that spirit, but it was definitely understood. Every movement and every feeling was connected. I'm proud of that one because I haven't ever felt so connected to Peter [Hayes, guitar] and Leah [Shapiro, drums] in the same room without any words been said. We were communicating purely musically. It came pretty fast, as the best things do."

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