Worry Dolls' beautiful new album Go Get Gone is an early contender for album of the year. As hasty as that statement sounds, this collection of soaring harmonies and modern indie-folk soundscapes is an incredibly refreshing listen. Inspired by the sounds and songs of Nashville but exuding classic British style, The London duo are already causing quite a stir and we're excited that they've decided to delve deeper into Go Get Gone with us; revealing the stories that inspired these magnificent songs.
From the incredibly bright and striking opener 'Endless Road' to the much more thoughtful and lovelorn ballad, 'She Don't Live Here', Worry Dolls have the opportunity to bring this classic sound and songwriting style back to the mainstream. Go Get Gone is most definitely a folk record, but it's purity and the raw talent of the pair could certainly bring them chart success too. Go Get Gone is an album that gave me chills and I've no doubt that it could do that for thousands across the country too, given the chance.
(Rosie Jones, Zoe Nicol, Jeff Cohen)
“I can’t help but wondering / How long I’ll be wandering Maybe I’m an endless road / Where I am’s where I call home”
We wrote Endless Road two days before heading into the studio. We already had enough songs (too many, in fact) for the album, but we’d been trying to lock down a co-writing date with Jeff Cohen for a while. We just had a feeling that whatever we wrote together would be special. We met Jeff for brunch before heading to his studio on Music Row, and a few hours later, we walked out with Endless Road.
The song is a vulnerable look at the sacrifices we’ve had to make when we chose to be touring musicians. Having spent the best part of a year on the road, It’s about the realisation that this is how it is now. It’s a life commitment - we’ll always be moving; travelling; having to say goodbye. It’s about acceptance; “I may never find a place to call mine, but maybe that’s alright”.
We spent the next day learning the harmonies and the banjo part, and we were both overcome by emotion. Perhaps it was because we were 4,000 miles from home, but the the true gravity of the lyrics seemed to hit us hard. We decided then and there that Endless Road needed to open the album.
(Rosie Jones, Zoe Nicol, Joe Doyle)
“Why think twice? Life’s too short / you’ve gotta take the ride There’s more to gain than what you stand to lose”
We starting writing Train’s Leaving on our first trip to Nashville last April. The trip completely changed our lives. We’d never felt more inspired, and songs were pouring out of us. Everyday we would drive downtown from our apartment and we’d have to cross the railroad tracks. Sometimes there would be a freight train passing, and you could be stuck there for 20 minutes, so we’d sit there and listen to music, or drive around through different neighbourhoods. Even just driving around was inspiring. We loved crossing the Cumberland river and seeing the Nashville skyline every day. Four months later we quit our jobs and moved out there.
We re-wrote Train’s Leaving on our return with Joe Doyle, and this is when we really understood the meaning of the song. It’s about overcoming the fear of doing something that may seem a little crazy, like spending your life savings upping sticks and travelling halfway across the world to record an album that wasn’t yet written. But sometimes you have to take the leap, and hope the universe will catch you. This song also inspired the title of the album, “No what if this or what if that. Farewell, so long. Go, get gone”
'Miss You Already'
(Rosie Jones, Zoe Nicol)
“Wish time would rewind / I’d hold you in my eyes I miss you already, I guess it’s no surprise”
Miss You Already is a simple country song about regret. We wrote it in our apartment in Nashville after finishing a
bottle of sweet tea moonshine - which felt appropriate. It started off as a joke - we were singing “I miss you already, and you’re not even gone” in a southern accent and thinking we’d written a country hit until we realised it was, in fact, already a country hit. But we changed the lyrics and the idea stuck. We carried on singing it in the car and on the plane on the way home, but we didn't write instrumental parts for it for months, singing it a’cappella at shows.
In the days leading up to the recording, we went to Pigeon Forge for a few days because a couple of friends had a log cabin out there (and obviously we had to go to Dollywood). We practised guitar and banjo parts whist sitting on rocking chairs looking out over the smoky mountains, which couldn’t have been more perfect for this song.
One of the most magical parts of this song is the pedal steel solo. Kenny Hutson played on nearly every track on the album - and having musicians of his calibre was one of the reasons we knew we had to record in Nashville. Neilson would play him the song, and he would record the second time around. He started to get so good, however, that Neilson started recording on the first listen. When listening to Miss You Already, we were all joking around and pretending to sing along and then Kenny suddenly plays this absolutely face-meltingly beautiful solo - without having ever heard the song before. We didn’t need to do a second take.