With a brief in hand and a bit of research on Saul Goodman under their belt, Little Barrie got to work writing, recording, and mixing tens of riffs over the course of three days. After they sent Golubić 17 potential themes, he wanted to double that number in the span of another three days. “It was quite an exciting way to work,” Cadogan says, adding that Golubić ultimately ended up selecting a riff from the initial batch they sent him. “To see your stuff on YouTube with people in all corners of the world playing it on their guitars is pretty amazing.”
Though their Better Call Saul theme is so brief, the band has considered incorporating it and some of the other riffs they wrote for Golubić into future full-length songs now, as they work on the follow-up to 2014’s Shadow, their fourth album and third produced by Edwyn Collins.
“It’s a different way of writing when you think, ‘All I’ve got to do is capture something within 20 seconds or less,'”Cadogan says. “Now we have all these little pieces of music where we wonder, ‘Oh, where could we go from here?’ I’ve always liked the thought of doing music for a film or for TV because it’s a different way of thinking: you might have some pieces of music that are 15 seconds long, you might have some pieces of music that are 10 minutes long.”
There’s only one thing left for Cadogan to do now: binge-watch Breaking Bad.
“I was one of the only people who hadn’t seen it,” Cadogan admits, saying he knew he’d get caught eventually. “It was — and is — massive here in England. For ages, a lot of my friends were saying to me, ‘Come on man, you need to watch Breaking Bad.’ Thomas filled me in on Saul and I did a lot of research; what I’ve seen of Better Call Saul has been really great — a fantastic character [played by Bob Odenkirk] and so well written. Maybe not seeing Breaking Bad gave me a different viewpoint [to write the theme], but now I have to see the series.”