• The title track of Halestorm's fourth album was written by frontwoman Lzzy Hale and guitarist Joe Hottinger with father-and-son producers Kevin and Kane Churko during the last writing session for the record. Hottinger had the riff already written on his Manson, Hale penned the lyrics and the Churko duo supplied the rest of the instrumentation.
  • Hottinger told Louder Sound that when the Halestorm vocalist hits on a title that she likes, "she just starts writing." When Lzzy came up with "Vicious" she "just went off" and penned all the lyrics. "She didn't even have a melody," he added, "just pages of lyrics and ideas."
  • Halestorm were going to call the record something totally different, but when they came up the "Vicious" track they knew that's what the record should be called.

    "We'd pretty much had the record written and then we had an offer to go to Los Angeles and write with some people," Hottinger recalled to "Me and Lzzy went, we wanted to test ourselves against all these songwriters with huge hits. In our last session, we came up with the title 'Vicious' and wondered what the song would be about. Then we started working through it and as a title, it just felt great."
  • The song features the defiant line "What doesn't kill me makes me vicious."

    "To me, it's so much more than overcoming and being strong in the face of adversity, you have to kind of be fierce nowadays," Lzzy Hale told ABC Radio.
  • Asked during a Backstage Axxess interview whether this song was inspired by her experiences in the male-dominated music industry, Lzzy Hale replied that "it certainly could be. I write everything from a personal point of view."

    She added: "Whether you're talking about being a woman in the industry, whether you're talking about being a woman in general, whether you're talking about being a human being struggling with their place in the world and all the different phases that go along with that, it's just so much more in life right now than being strong and weathering the storm. You kind of have to come at life with a little bit of teeth and be fierce about it - be bold and forceful and force yourself into these situations that maybe make you uncomfortable, maybe make other people uncomfortable. Ultimately, you have to kind of be vicious about it. That was, for me, taking that word 'vicious' and spinning it with that positivity. It's about survival, and not just being strong."
  • The video shows Lzzy Hale on a warrior mission as she tries to rescue the rest of her bandmates, who have been captured by her former karate guru. We see flashbacks to Lzzy's brutal physical training regimen as a young girl intercut with the adult Halestorm frontwoman sporting a studded leather jacket and high heels kicking all kinds of butt.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Al Jourgensen of MinistrySongwriter Interviews

In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.

Danny KortchmarSongwriter Interviews

Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James, Tapestry, and Running On Empty. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."

Rosanne CashSongwriter Interviews

Rosanne talks about the journey that inspired her songs on her album The River & the Thread, including a stop at the Tallahatchie Bridge.

Dwight TwilleySongwriter Interviews

Since his debut single "I'm On Fire" in 1975, Dwight has been providing Spinal-Tap moments and misadventure.

Annie Haslam of RenaissanceSongwriter Interviews

The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.

Chrissie Hynde of The PretendersSongwriter Interviews

The rock revolutionist on songwriting, quitting smoking, and what she thinks of Rush Limbaugh using her song.