Halestorm’s Mayhem video is the band’s fourth single from Into The Wildlife album.
Lzzy Hale discussed recording Mayhem in an interview with Livewire:
“…it was the first song that we recorded for the album. So it’s first day, we walk in and the first time working with a new producer, and we’re just, “OK let’s hit record and see what happens.” So, [laughs] we had the demo written. We had approved it for the record and had been rehearsing it. Like we talked about before, Chad, we did all of these tracks live. We’re performing the song while we’re recording it and then Jay [Joyce], our producer, comes in. Oh man! This is such a typical arrangement, we have to f–k this up. We have to do something with this. We take five minutes and he points at me, you write a riff, then points at Joey [Hottinger], you have a solo over it and we’re gonna cut out the click halfway through, but we’re not going to tell you when. I was like, “OK, what did I get myself into?”
So we did it. We wrote this middle part and kinda had an idea about how I was vocally going to get out of it, but wasn’t really sure how to end it. This is the fourth take through. I was literally running out of words in that breakdown in the middle. So I just ended up repeating “Shake it” for some reason and for some strange miracle my brother and the rest of the band came back in with me and we could not duplicate that after. It was like, “OK this is without a click track or anything, here we are. Here’s this happy accident that happened and that we can’t actually replicate or double it.” It was the flagship for the rest of the record, because we weren’t necessarily afraid to throw something out or to completely rewrite a song or write interludes and outros. That was kind of the day and the song that really kicked it up a notch and said, “OK, this is the type of record we’re going to make.”