Unwrapped: My Jerusalem
Jeff Klein of My Jerusalem talks us through their latest single, 'Preachers'!
Preachers was the first song written for the new album. I had just inherited a bass guitar from a friend of mine and was tinkering around and came up with the progression and recorded it to some awful generic drum beat. This is basically how most of our songs get born.
Earlier in the day I was at my usual coffee shop when I saw a man that looked like the doppelganger of the creepy old character Rev Henry Kane from the movie Poltergeist 2. Later that day, around the same time I was recording the demo idea, I was trying to explain my sighting to my friend but they didn’t get the reference, so I pulled up a photo of him. The moment I did, just like when I was a kid, I couldn’t get his image out of my head. So In a lot of ways I think he really inspired the song.
While in the studio, we tracked it almost entirely live. Except the beginning atmospheric noise which was made by rubbing a screwdriver across the guitar strings with a ton of reverb. Oh, and the backing vocals which stemmed from doing a bad impression of the backing vocals from Sympathy For The Devil over the playback of the track. It took a lot of takes because as a band we joke around a lot and it’s hard to keep a straight face sometimes.