One thing that makes my job easier is when a band takes a name that exhibits their sound. So, thanks for that, L.A.’s The Reflections, because not only is your new song “In Another Life” shimmering, glimmering, and twinkly, but we can also play on the other meaning of the name and go with ruminative, contemplative, pensive and deliberate too. Adjectival criticism is easy. The group is the new project from Bleached drummer Jon Safley and partner Darian Zahedi. I asked the dudes to answer a few dumb questions about the song, which you can check out below.
Bleached seems pretty busy lately, when did you get the time to write and record this project?
Jon: Darian and I are constantly writing. Whether it’s me on my laptop in the van, him at home or us in the studio. We started writing this record last January while I was on the road. We took every minute while I was home in between tours solidifying songs and recording them. There was a decent break in my schedule last year that gave us the opportunity to put together a great band and play a good amount of shows.
Is this band pulling from a different set up influences?
Jon: Yes. Very different. I personally pull a lot of textural elements from Eno, Robin Guthrie, Beach Boys, Aphex Twin, etc. But as far as songwriting goes no one does it better than Roy Orbison, and The Beatles.
What’s this song about?
Jon: This song was lyrically written by Darian so he has a more specific answer for you. As far as what I interpret, It says to me that the memory of a specific event, place or person is always better. That’s just me.
Darian: I believe we live many different lives within our lives. A past life can simply be who we were and what we were doing a few years ago. The song expresses this idea in terms of love and the people we are with. I am trying to tell the person I am with in the present not to be jealous of any lovers from the past as the feelings I had for them are part of that past, part of another life. Even the “me” that loved them no longer truly exists. Now we are in the present and I my heart beats only for you. It’s a plea to live in that present place with me before it slips away and becomes another part of the past.