Favorite Kind of Pain

Album: Indecisions (2009)
  • After building a fan base in their native Texas and getting lots of exposure on MySpace, Rescue Signals was signed to a label and released Indecisions. Their lead singer Beau Tyler told Songfacts how this song came together:

    "Before we were picked up by Rock Ridge Music, I had just begun writing the new album. A guy who was, for the most part, managing us at the time told me, 'all your songs are either slow or ballads, you need more upbeat songs.' Normally I wouldn't listen to this sort of talk, but I knew he was right. We were basically a rock band without any rock songs. So I got off the phone with him, sat down... and wrote the song. It sounds formulated, but I was really proud of myself afterwards. I found that I could write under pressure. It was a liberating feeling really. It's a simple song about hanging onto the bad memories, because they're all you have left of someone. On the surface it sounds really cheesy, but I think it's sweet in a self-masochistic sort of way. 'You'll always be my favorite kind of pain.' I think anyone can relate to that. And if you can't. Then you've never had your heart broken. It's a very simple lyric. But sometimes you just kind of strike gold as a songwriter, and you're able to say a lot by saying very little."
  • Tyler explained his songwriting process: "It's pretty simple really. I tend to think of a hook first. Usually I won't even touch the song until a few days later. I want to make sure that the hook stays in mind. If it does, it's worthy of attention. If not, then who cares? If I don't, then the listener won't.

    Typically when I first hear that hook I know how the entire song will sound. I know what color the song will be. I know the tempo. And generally I know the key. I have a blueprint for the drums and I know the harmony. It's all just a matter of finding it. Once I do, I put it all together. Piece by piece. It's a pretty simple process really. After that, I record a demo of the song with all the instrumentation, melodies, and harmony in place, and take it to the band. This way they can tell EXACTLY what I'm going for. Then... they make it better. Bryan Nicholas is such a genius when it comes to rock drumming, that he basically says 'That's cute... this is better.' And he's always right. He reminds me a lot of Dave Grohl, in the Nirvana era. His beats are intentionally simple. He doesn't want to get in the way. What you wouldn't know is that he is AMAZING. He comes from a metal AND jazz background, so he can do just about anything. Mike Marhefka, our bassist, also has a really good knack for exaggerating the feeling I'm going for. He tends to add much more depth than I intend for, which in turn really brings out the moodiness of my songwriting. We're a very organic band. No one is trying to stand out over the music, so the song is always served. Not our egos. It's beautiful."

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