VRWRK (Meaning “vuurwerk” the Dutch translation for firework. Noun: firework; Plural: fireworks. Definition: a device for producing a striking display by the combustion of explosive or flammable compositions. A display of fireworks, a display of temper or intense conflict, a spectacular display.)- Merriam-Webster.com
How would you describe “Wait It Out” to someone who has never heard it?
Thieu Seynaeve: I would tell them how the song ignited. Salem, our singer, used to see a girl before we made our album. They broke up and he was heartbroken. This was when we started writing the album. Towards the end of writing the album, Salem bumped into that girl again, after all that time. Since she’s a model and spent a lot of time in New York.
One night, he was going out in London when they saw each other. They immediately hit it off again. After that, we kind of just wrote the song about waiting it out. You never know what happens in the long term, certainly not when love is involved. Which is why the song builds up slowly to some kind of euphoria. Our entire album sounds a little brokenhearted. At the end of the album the atmosphere lights up a little. It’s hopeful again. It actually sounds like a really heavy sex party with some kind of anticlimax. It’s also just about finding old love.
Jergan Callebaut: Thieu really described it well. To me, sound wise; it’s like a universe colliding.
Thieu: Some kind of battlefield.
When you played the Ancienne Belgique, this song was the last one of the set, before the extra songs. It made me feel like I hadn’t danced enough. “Wait It Out” makes you want to surrender yourself to the music and to the emotions. You actually want to cry, but you also wanna dance and laugh. What does the song do to you when you perform it?
Thieu: Actually, it does almost the same things to us. The song originally wasn’t going to be on the album. We wrote it just before Pukkelpop. When we played it at the festival, we had some tears falling. Afterwards, everyone came to us asking what that new song was. Everyone was amazed by it. However, to us it’s really always the last song of a set that feels like a relief. You put so much energy in it. You then got to that point of the set when you think “Alright, one more song and it’s done. We did it. Straight to the finish line.” I guess when a song like “Wait It Out” is the last song you play, it gets really emotional with all the energy you put in it.