John reveals the stories behind the songs on his second full length album 'Silver Rain'.
'Looking For Something New' - Written in Kennington, Oxfordshire. The oldest song on the album and a great one to start with. This has always been one of my favourites and one I still play often. This was written during a song swap session way back in 1997 with an old friend of mine. We don't communicate these days which is a shame but such is life (chapters and stages). Listening to this song always leaves me feeling peaceful.
'This Broken Arrow' - Written in Oxford. This was written one summer back when I was living in Oxford. I was up on the roof with a friend talking over a couple of beers and he had just had some tattoos done which he showed me. I mentioned that if I ever had one done it would be of a broken arrow and that became the opening lines to the song.
'The Key' - Written in Oxford. Another song written when I lived in the old apartment in Oxford. In the summer it was my custom to venture on the roof with cushions and an acoustic guitar where I would while away the hours watching the people go about their day below. It was there that I wrote this song.
'Through the Southern Rain' - Written in Kennington, Oxfordshire - A nod of the head to one of my musical heroes Paul McCartney. A little bit 'Blackbird', a little bit 'Jenny Wren'. I tend to side with the latter.
'I Won't Miss You... Anymore' - Written in Oxford. Simply a song about moving on. There are two version of this song, each having an alternate ending. This is the second. I am currently working on plans to record the original.
'The Next Atlantic Wave (4, 14-25, 2010)' - Written in Cranebrook, NSW. I'd just met Jenna when I headed over to Australia for six weeks. I wrote this song for her knowing that she was to leave on a trip to the states not long after I would return.
'This Town' - Written in Peacehaven, East Sussex. This was the first song I wrote when Jenna and I headed for life on the coast. A song about leaving people and places behind but hopefully keeping in touch.
'Billy's Tune (link)' - Written in Peacehaven, East Sussex. A little variation on the picking used in 'Through the Southern Rain'. Jenna and I have a lovebird named Billy and I named this tune for him as he always pops his head up to listen and have a whistle when I play it for him. This is a shortened version.
'Talk About the Weather' - Written in Atlanta, GA. One of just two songs written in the wonderful city of Atlanta. Boy, I had a great time and spent most of it bar hopping trying to drink the city dry single handed. Now you know why I only wrote two songs during my time there, although the memories of the place and the warmth and friendliness of the people I met there has gone on to inspire a few more.
'Silver Rain' - Written in Peacehaven, East Sussex. A song for my wife about the passing of time. I had read an article that Bob Dylan was once asked by his producer if he wanted to have another go at recording a song he'd just done. He replied something like "Why would I want to do that? I've just recorded it". I approached the recording on this track with that in mind.
All songs written by John Styles except;
Looking For Something New - John Styles / Martin Robinson
All guitars, Harmonicas & Vocals - John Styles
All songs produced by Joe Lonsdale and recorded at Joe Public Studio
Cover photo taken by Jenna Styles, Surfers Paradise, QLD. Australia.
Jenna Styles, Joe Public Studio, Joe Lonsdale, Billy 'The Bird' Styles & Martin Robinson.