Putting themselves in a unique world from earlier launch ‘Wait For Me’, which showcased the band’s darker, rockier affect, ‘World Stopped Running’ was written throughout lockdown on a retro synthesiser and options bassist Callum Morgan on lead vocals.
“I was cooped up at home and playing around with synth patterns,” Callum recollects. “I can’t play the keyboard well at all, so when I started this riff it was pretty primitive, but something about it stuck. I combined it with a more folky, protest song I was working on and the riff became the chant the song is built around.”
Nonetheless unable to carry out collectively, Callum despatched a demo of the music to the band. Upon listening to, there was initially some resistance.
“I admit when I first heard the tune it was a dark time and I was jarred by its somewhat childish frivolity,” says Nicole J Terry, who performs fiddle in Morganway. “I have come to see it more as an act of rebellion at the situation that created it – why not just sing your heart out with joy if that’s all you can do? It shows the importance of supporting the visions of your bandmates. Unity wins.”
Regardless of the underlying fears of the time, it was additionally unity that impressed the music, sparked by a dialog with a good friend, who instructed Callum ought to write a hopeful music in regards to the future.
“That message fitted with the upbeat, major key synth riff, and even though there is a slight protest element to the lyrics, they are above all a celebration” continues Callum. “‘World Stopped Running’ as a phrase may sound quite literal regarding lockdown, but I think it’s more about facing something together, like the future, like change. You’re not running away anymore.”
Morganway are the BCMA’s Group of the Yr for the second 12 months working. A Norfolk/Cambridge-based six piece based by twins Callum (lead vocals, bass) and Kieran Morgan (lead guitar, vocals), SJ Mortimer (lead vocals, guitar), Matt Brocklehurst (keyboard, vocals), Nicole J Terry (fiddle, vocals) and Ed Bullinger (drums, vocals) full the lineup.
‘World Stopped Running’ is accessible on all main streaming platforms. The one options on Morganway’s second album Again To Zero, which shall be launched Friday fifth Could.
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