Sleep Alone

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  • Speaking with NME, singer/guitarist Alex Trimble explained the background to this tune: "This song was written in Glasgow," he said. "It came out of a lot of weird dreams I'd been having and I started thinking about dreams and researching dreams. It was plaguing my mind, so I wrote all the lyrics about that. Then the music came out in about a day."
  • Trimble's troubled dreams were drug-induced. The singer told NME that he smoked cannabis to help him sleep when he returned from tour. "I have a terrible time sleeping when I get off tour," he explained. "It's horrible. So I was smoking a little bit every night before I went to bed and it was really influencing what happened when I was asleep."

    The frontman added: "I ended up having these really crazy dreams. I started reading about dreams and got really interested in lucid dreaming when you have full control over your dreams - you realise you're dreaming, but within your dream it also feels like the real world. There's a little of that in the song, but I never achieved it."

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