Through The Dark

Album: Midnight Memories (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson co-penned this folk-style, drum-driven inspirational anthem with their frequent collaborator Jamie Scott along with Toby Smith, who was the keyboardist and co-songwriter for the British pop-funk band Jamiroquai from 1992 up to 2002.
  • The five One Direction members contributed lyrics to 12 of the 14 songs on the standard edition of Midnight Memories (and an additional three on the 18-track deluxe.) Louis Tomlinson has the most credits of the group, with nine. He told The Mail On Sunday's Weekend magazine about how his songwriting has developed. "At first it was really hard: you sit in a room with writers asking you about your love life and stuff like that, and they start to piece together a song," he said. "But you keep on doing it and we've written more and more."

    "This album is definitely more rock, more of us," Louis continued. "Writing the songs ourselves – that's the thing that makes you start to feel you deserve to be where you are, not all the other crazy stuff. We do look at other bands – even people like Take That – and see what it was that made them. Whatever else, it's the songs that are going to last, so that's much more of a focus for us."
  • Louis explained to host Ryan Seacrest how instead of writing as a five piece, the group often splits up. "We often break off in pairs and that's kind of the way that we do it," he said. "It often gets a bit crowded if everyone's in the same room."

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