James Bay told NME
how the music of an American rock band fed through into this song: "I was listening to Kings of Leon and the key track was 'The Bucket
,'" he said. "I loved the repetitive, relentless guitar and the pace of it, the rush at the end is the same as where I take 'Hold Back The River' – that was the inspiration."
There is another connection to the American rockers. James Bay's debut album Chaos and the Calm
was recorded in Nashville with Kings of Leon producer Jacquire King.