In our second exclusive preview clip from Tokio Hotel's Humanoid (due October 6th), the German pop-rockers turn introspective with the wistful ballad "World Behind My Wall." As singer Bill Kaulitz — who fronts the band with his twin, Tom — explained when we premiered an excerpt of the more metallic-sounding title track, Tokio Hotel's second English-language album has "many different parts and melodies." (Hear the clip below.)
As Rolling Stone also reported, the brothers Kaulitz co-produced much of Humanoid with previous Tokio Hotel producer David Jost, who says Bill and Tom came in with "a very clear" vision of each song's sound. The lyrics and music for "World Behind My Wall" are at the same time yearning and determined, a combination Jost says was entirely Bill's intention: "Bill came up with the idea that you need to be ready to get hurt, ready to feel. It's about dropping all your protective shields to feel something pure and overwhelming — it's about entering the here and now."
"Sometimes you have the feeling that there are so many beautiful things out there that you can not see for whatever reason," Bill says of the track, which showcases Humanoid's softer side. "It takes courage to break down the walls that keep you away from really living your life."
With just a few weeks left until Humanoid hits stores, Tokio Hotel are also celebrating their third straight year of being nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award, this year for Best Group, and are gearing up for a performance at the November 5th festivities.
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