Latest gay erotic stories: U-N-I Ch – Chapter 5.2
He was always aggressive and disrespectful. He never shared anything with me and always blamed everything bad he did on me to get me in trouble, and it would always work. He knew my father would be on his side no matter what. I was the bad son and he was the good one. He had always taken advantage of this. My father would never hit him. He would always approve of everything Thomas did and I had never been able to figure out why. He hated me, but he loved Thomas. Everything I did, everything I said was wrong, and Thomas and I, we simply didn’t have the same father. He treated the two of us in a completely different way. I knew there had to be a reason for that. Maybe Thomas was simply more like him, as they shared the same interests. Maybe he had been able to connect with our father, and I hadn’t. I guess my father had always believed that I would never amount to much. I was a dreamer… and I was pretty sure he still thought that what I wanted to do my life was useless to society. We didn’t live on the same planet. And I believed Thomas and I didn’t either.
I let out a chuckle. “Yeah, I’ll be careful. I’ll be out of that house soon anyway. I already am! And they don’t give a shit! I’ve barely slept there for the past two months, and nobody’s asking any questions. Once we leave, I’m never going back!”
“Good call!” Jordan said. “But if anything happens, you know we have your back!” Jordan said to me and I smiled, thankful to have such good friends. Fortunately for me, my family never found out and when we finally moved out of our parents’ homes to promote our first album, nothing had happened.
We started college in October and worked in the studio until Rob and I turned 19 in May. We mostly worked there on week ends, sometimes in the evening, during holiday breaks and to be honest we often skipped lessons to play. We continued playing live gigs. To make a long story short, we were extremely busy.
And in July, almost a year after having entered the studio for the first time, the album was out! And it turned out to be so much better because of what was happening between Robbie and me.
The first single out of it was actually ‘Yellow’. Funny that I didn’t even want it on the album when I wrote it. It was an immediate hit.
After writing “Yellow”, our experience of our time in the studio became very different. We were not in there to record and improve already written songs, we were also in there to create new ones! And so the recording lasted a lot longer than planned in the first place.
I decided to stop being afraid. I took all of the melodies I had scribbled and songs started to emerge. Great songs.
Rob and I worked a lot on them alone, and then, it was like a production line. We would start off with the basis of a song like chords and a melody and maybe some lyrics, and then, we took the song ideas to the guys and if they approved, we would all work together on them and it would just kind of develop and evolve, and after a while everything just added up. This whole process was so exciting and exhilarating to us. Each of us would add their own stuff until it all sparked off, and our songwriting process felt like a big chemical reaction.
Rob and I wrote lyrics that seemed to flow so naturally, about us, about how we felt, about our newfound relationship. Of course, we tried to keep a detached approach and to make them universal so that everybody would be able to relate to them.
Five songs were added to the tracklist, and others were discarded.
We composed “Green eyes” which was a bit cheesy and obviously inspired by Rob’s eyes, but it was a great ballad. The lyrics were actually more meant for me. He told me he wanted to be able to think of me while singing the song. I did have green eyes as well. It was really about the both of us depending on the lyrics. It was also nice to be out to our friends, and therefore to be able to write songs about our relationship without having to explain ourselves. The main lyrics went like this,
Honey you are a rock
Upon which I stand
And I come here to talk
I hope you understand
The green eyes, yeah the spotlight, shines upon you
And how could anybody deny you
We had a hard time finding the right way to play a song we called “In my Place” and spent a long time writing and recording this one together.
In the lyrics,we tried to translate our feelings in the most subtle and simplest way possible, our fear of being gay, of saying it out loud, of admitting our true feelings to each other.
In my place, in my place
Were lines that I couldn’t change
I was lost, oh yeah
Crossed lines I shouldn’t have crossed
I was lost, oh yeah
I was scared, I was scared
Tired and under prepared
But I wait for it
We wrote another ballad, “Trouble”, which was a very melodic song. It was revolving round the piano, combined with my guitar work. The result was stunning. Then the drums and the bass sounds added a dramatic effect. Rob’s vocal were powerful and full of genuine emotions. It was about Rachel in a way, but also about Rob, and just the fact that being gay might get us into a bit of trouble in the future.
The chorus was,
And I never meant to cause you trouble
And I never meant to do you wrong
And well if I ever caused you trouble
Oh no I never meant to do you harm
And finally, Rob had written the lyrics to the last one.
We called it “A rush of blood to the head” and it was about him wanting to protect me from that hell hole house I had to grow up in. It was about my family, about my emotionally abusive parents and all that they had put me through growing up, the physical violence, the bruises, the threatening, the screaming, the lack of parental care and love that would have probably left me scarred for life if I hadn’t been able to escape to Rob’s.
It was a way of getting revenge for how they had treated me over the years. I absolutely loved it, I really did, I couldn’t get enough of listening to him sing these lyrics. It may not have been the best song of the album for some, but it was definitely my favourite.
When the album was out and critics started being written, this is what you could read about this song : Completely extraordinary. This song is marvellously written and simmers slowly for two minutes or so before exploding into life with pure emotion that drags you in. This is the most powerful song they have done on this debut album, Politik being a close second, with a chorus that can probably be heard from Mars, and deserves to be recognised as a classic.
Yep, about right! The lyrics went like this,
You said I’m gonna buy this place and burn it down
I’m gonna put it six feet underground
Oh I’m gonna buy this place and start a fire
Stand here until I fill all your hearts desires
Because I’m gonna buy this place and see it burn
And do back the things it did to you in return.
This last line right there caused me to cry a little when he wrote it, and still moves me to this day. It went on like that, gaining power as the song progressed.
All the other tracks were songs we had already written and that we improved during the recording, such as Shiver, Sparks, Clocks, Spies and Politik, that the guy from BMG had loved so much.
The whole album got really enthusiastic reviews from music magazines. It was what mattered the most to us, so we were overly thrilled.
There were obviously critics too, and we had read some stuff that really hurt, but all the critics were mostly very positive and we tried not to let any of the bad ones get to us.
Throughout the Internet, you could read short reviews of the album published by fans, which left us speechless. It was so lovely to read how much they already loved us. A few of my favourites were,
“This album is one of the best debut album ever. Every songs are meaningful and potentially can be single (not only Yellow, Politik, Shiver). This is pure music art. These five guys are so ridiculously hot and talented”
“Their debut album’s secret arsenal comprises frontman Robbie Myers ‘s voice – Mark Emery’s terrific electric guitar riffs- Dylan Lane’s phenomenal piano skills and some persuasive melodies. Certain albums are timeless, this is one. This album will go down in history as one of the greatest”
” An album full of otherworldly music. The sad feels that Trouble’s guitar chord emanates… The joy that is ‘Yellow’… The tribute to a lover that is ‘Green eyes’, The electricity of ‘Shiver’ (My favorite song of the whole album), the fantastic pop tune that is ‘In my place’, the drama of ‘Politik’ , the mesmerizing chorus of ‘A rush of blood’, the beautiful piano and emotional and epic effect of ‘Clocks’, the bass line and beauty of ‘Sparks’…! This is a superb album that might just capture your heart and your imagination. I LOVE it! I find myself replaying this endlessly.
Let me talk more about two songs, first ‘A rush of blood’ actually gives me a rush of blood to the head. I don’t know how a song can make you happy by making you sad, but this one does it. simply amazing. Secondly,’Shiver’, the fantastic heart breaking vocals, the lyrics which cut straight through the heart. This song carries you through adolescence, falling in and out of love, the song is the first song where I felt like someone else got me, got my adolescent pain of just wanting to be loved and wanting to give love.”
“This is a very impressive and strong debut album for such a young band. Every track is excellent but among the most noteworthy is Yellow, A rush of blood, Shiver, and Politik. It recalls U2’s The Joshua Tree, and not just for its stunning guitar work but for its wild passion and spiraling tension-and-release dynamics. It sets an incredible standard that the band will have to keep up with. I can’t believe they’re not even twenty years old yet! They can still grow and evolve so much more! Good luck to them”
“Wow…it doesn’t get any better than this. A masterpiece. If you have not bought this album yet, I recommend it very highly as it contains some truly wonderful moments that will catapult U-N-I into rock’s super league. Their new album is predicted in a couple of years, and could well raise the bar still further. If you get the chance as well, see them live. They put on a great show and Robbie has immense charisma.”
“Well, this is really good. By listening to their music, it feels as if they have been in the music scene for years and years. But, the truth if it’s just their first album and I’m telling you, they’re here to stay for a long long time indeed. Way to go, U-N-I. I’m a hard rock/hip-hop fan, so I don’t listen to that type of music all that much. But even I can say this album is awesome. When it’s all said and done, this will go down as the album of the decade because of its universal likability”
” In a word: brilliant. This album is stunningly beautiful and powerful. It is exciting and intelligent from start to finish. Impressive accomplishment.This is one of those albums that takes multiple listens and has a lasting appeal. One of those albums that will truly change your life, all of these songs are ones that you can listen to over and over and never get tired of ”
“This debut album is, without doubt, a fantastic achievement. But for me, that’s not the point. People can rave about the album’s sales, or maybe complain about the band drawing heavy influences and therefore coming off as unoriginal. But it’s how the music makes you feel, how it reaches you, that matters. That, to me, is more important than anything. The album is a beautifully compelling album, with a variety of songs that evoke different emotions from me every time I listen to them. What more can I say? Its an incredible album ”
Needless to say, we were all over the place as soon as the album was released, and much to our amazement, it reached number 1 two weeks after its release. We were over the moon. I don’t think we had fully realized how good our songs were and sounded to others. We were still very demure about them and we didn’t feel that they were that good. We couldn’t put our heads around the immediate success the album received.
And it was just the beginning, now it was going to be all about promoting, touring and growing as a band. We couldn’t wait.
Well, that’s it for the first part of the story. I had a lot of fun giving life to these characters who used to only live in my imagination. When the story returns, the boys will be 5 years older, famous, about to come out publicly.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this chapter. Please let me know if you liked it.
All the songs mentioned in this chapter are songs by the band Coldplay.