MUSIC FEATURE: Behind The Noise – Tally Spear
Photo Credit: Jay Rabanal
Tally Spear is back with her brand new single Fun House, a metaphorical song that explores her struggles with anxiety and getting in her own head. We caught up with the London-born artist to find out more about Fun House and it’s accompanying music video, including the writing process, themes and stories from behind the scenes.
Can you give us your quick elevator pitch on this track? Why does this one standout for you?
I feel like this track has it’s own personality separate from the rest of my songs… With every track I write I like to try new things out and push myself out of my comfort zones, actively try not to box myself into any one type of song, and just see what comes out naturally.
How did you tackle the writing process for the song? Was there anything unique about this track compared to your usual/previous approach?
I wrote this with two other songwriters; we were in a production room in Notting Hill, and we spent pretty much the whole session just sort of chatting, sharing ideas, but nothing really came together until the last hour of the day. I went up to the keyboard and started playing the main riff, and Ant was like “oh that’s sounds pretty cool, why don’t we try that on the guitar” and within an hour we had the whole song. It’s crazy how writing can work like that.
Can you tell us how the song’s theme came about?
It’s about the feelings of anxiety, using a ‘house’ as a metaphor for the mind in various ways, feeling trapped… ‘stuck in a fun house.’ I’m just really into metaphors basically.
Tell us about the video, do the themes of the single transfer to the video?
There are a lot of subtle metaphors in the video (“can she shut up about metaphors already?”) The red curtained corridor gives that ‘fun house/fun fair’ vibe, contained within a small and narrow space… the mirrors in various forms represent anxiety around self-image…trapped in reflection, and being tied up in red ropes on the roof represents feeling trapped and consumed by our own feelings. I’m also seen using a camcorder to record myself on the rooftop in ‘selfie’ mode with the red spotlight shining on me, which aims to represent how much we have to focus on the ‘self.’
Do you have any behind the scenes stories from the video shoot?
It was all shot in Liam’s (director) apartment in North London! With every shot, we transformed his flat into a totally new ‘scene.’ Hung the curtains up in his corridor/ stuck that hanging light to the ceiling with tape. The curtains actually kept falling down while we were shooting cos the tape wasn’t that strong haha.
Anything else you’d like to add for our readers?
Wow, free rein to say anything. I’ll leave you with my favourite quote that I’m about to get framed in my bedroom (lol).
“If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.”
Tally Spear‘s new single Fun House is out now, available to stream or purchase HERE.