KILLING EVE was a BBC America TV show from the UK that we streamed. It happened very innocently as I LOVE @sandraoh. I happened to mention it to my partner, Myqui who never really saw Sandra in anything but GREYSANATOMY so I thought it will a treat to see Sandra in action again after so many years.
We watched the first episode of the show and was FLOORED. I mean – I have written many film scripts, sketch comedy and TV ideas for shows but never quite encountered anything as funny and as captivating or as murderous as this first episode “NICE FACE”. Every episode title was included in each show’s dialog. It was really an amazing feat to view. So naturally we watched the entire series for the first season. The Ending of that Season 1 – was a cliffhanger with character #villanelle stabbed by superspy #evepolastry and they were both on the run.
The 2nd season was written by a different female showrunner. Another amazing fact was that in Season 1 after the first episode was aired, the show was renewed for a 2nd season without having to go the entire first season. AKA it was a HIT! IT WAS! I VOUCH FOR THAT. Season 2 started seconds after season 1 cliffhanger and patched up some questions in that first episode of Season 2. Then there was Episode 2 which was so far removed from anything presented thus far that it really reminded us of actress #Jodiecomer’s Film that we had streamed #THIRTEEN” a 2016 film she had done about a girl who held captive for 13 years by her abductor and what happened after she escaped her abuser.
It wasn’t until the 3rd Season of the show that we decided to write a song about it. This was after having watched Seasons 1-3 as if it were THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, which we have seen 100s of times, separately and together. Funny we never wrote a song about Rocky Horror but then it was a musical…..
We did not want to write a fan song and create a fan video because that doesn’t serve a purpose and we wanted the song to have a wide appeal. We are gay so we decided to make the video about actors we admire and love – female actors who identify the same way we do. We did put GIFS and VIDEOS of the actors in KILLING EVE but basically we don’t consider what we did for this song as a FAN VIDEO. The words and music we were basing on the music that the show had in each episode. A UK band named UNLOVED was the music creators for KE.
Unloved is an American alternative music trio formed in Los Angeles in 2015, by the American musician Jade Vincent and Keefus Ciancia, and the Northern Irish musician, David Holmes. Songs from their 2016 debut album Guilty of Love and 2019 follow-up album Heartbreak were used as the basis of the soundtrack to the BBC America television series Killing Eve (2018–2022). Ciancia and Holmes also provided original material for the soundtrack, for which they won the 2019 BAFTA TV Craft Award for Original Music.
UNLOVED music fit the mood of the series to a T while we could only imitate so much. We did a good job of capturing the series in the song we eventually wrote. The song has several components and frankly it sounds like several different modes going off at the same time. I used to play middle eastern guitar and bass in those types of bands. I learned a lot of different modes in order to do that. So in our song, GIRL, there is definitely a middle eastern sound in the middle of the song which is a memory from my days working on that kind of music.
In order to write that song it was necessary to be total invested in the show #KILLINGEVE. Meaning, we had to know the characters, their motivations, what is driving the show forward and what the ending may entail. The reasons for this is the same as writing the show – a song must have a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s similar to the ARC that writers and producers constantly talk about whenever they are asked about the writing of their stories. Every song has that too because songs are stories in music.
The song GIRL starts with a guitar bass note imitating a heartbeat and the words “I follow you in my secret life, every hit you do not hide…” It’s a narrative and it’s a story and even without the references to the show it is a love song that any gender can sing to another. It’s not about being gay or straight it’s all about a love story between two human beings who are intrinsically linked like a quantum entanglement*
(What is quantum entanglement in simple terms? Quantum entanglement is when two particles link together in a certain way no matter how far apart they are in space. Their state remains the same.)