Fast Lane Junkie
These are 8 great songs guys!
My top 4 are tough to rank. I can’t decide which I like best they’ve all been my favorite. They have different strengths.
The Tops: Balance Lost, Ken, Merisan, Paco (all tied for 1st)
Balance Lost- Beautiful song! I dig the lyrics! Probably my favorite set of lyrics. I always yearn for more low end in your mixes. That said the instrumentation and synth sounds and guitar sounds is just wonderful. This song has the most magic for me of all the songs. I think the ending is kind of weak, compared to the awesomeness of the song. I listen to your music all the time. I was hoping for a Joey’s All Bitched Up kind of ending. Your dynamics are unparalleled. The little nylon guitar against the synth pad is gorgeous. The double time is masterful. Good job!
Ken Mahru- Rawk! You should have the best tackle of the challenge. And you do! I could have done without the synth on this track. It sounds good, but I wish it was Steppenwolf Hammond, or just guitar. Vocals are totally solid. Drums are outstanding! I cringe at the “pedal to the metal” cliché, but it was a common violation in this fight. The harmonies are really nice. I hope there’s occasion to play this live, and I’m in your band. Excellent job! I like the bridge a lot, especially the 2 vocals there, they sound great! Killer!
Merisan- Oh how sweet this is! How wonderful it is to hear some vibrato on Erin’s vocals! Best vocal performance! Sam’s backing vocals are stellar too! “….they should” that vibrato is soooo awesome! The first solo is excellent and tasty Sam! The mix is excellent! Good job drumming too! That’s you right Sam? Catchy song really well done!
Paco del Stinko- You’re a player. It is so nice to hear your mastery of the guitar and bass. I love your vocal stylings. The interplay of the bass lines and guitar and zany vocals is just genius! There’s some killer rock power in this track too! You are the tops for originality! Great stuff ! Challenge was nailed like a pro. Good job!
The 2nd Tier (tied for 5th)
Kraut Kitten- What this lacks in production, it makes up for in hilarity. Vocals are impressive. I don’t think the Steve Harris tone was the right bass tone for this. This is clearly more of a Rudy Sarzo type of song. I think your solo could have been a lot better too. I think a little more of a pop hook and a better mix this would have been tops. Still very cool song! I really enjoyed this!
Nick Soma- There’s some really brilliant stuff in here! I really like the quirky verse at regular time. It’s odd but the double time doesn’t work for me. It technically works, but it’s boring compared to the rest of the song. Although that cool chord change that comes after the double time chorus is my favorite part. Nice vocals! The bridge is really nice, that double time bit just sounds like a box checked, filler faux rock. Overall , I like the song. Good stuff!
The 3rd Tier (tied for 7th)
Ross- My big problem with this song is it really feels short. This should be a 4-minute song, yet it’s 2 minutes. Your vocals are great! The challenge is well met. The blue grass double time was brilliant! I feel like it should go back to half time, then regular time, have a nice solo, finish off with a double chorus in double time. This feels very proof of concept bare bones.
C-Ray- This is a cool song. Seems like a step backwards in production for you. I LOVE Sister Ray! “pedal to metal” cliché violation! The lyrics are fine, they are not as clever as most of your previous entries. (tough to follow New Ugly, those were excellent!). I think you pass on the challenge, but you didn’t nail it the way most everyone else did.
Thanks Pete for listening to the Cavedwellers exhibition track! I lobbied for the new schedule. Overall I liked it! The worst happened to us. We were mostly done with our song when we found out we were eliminated. It was fun to finish it off. I’d love to hear what you all think of it. I’m happy to have another song in the repertoire.
Anyway, good luck all! GOOD JOB!
Phillipso, Older Brothers, Semolina Pilchards, Zipline , Thank Glennny for the Frisbee, The Odoriferous Valley, The Worldly Self Assurance, Berkeley Social Scene, Very Gentle Knives, Daddy Bop Swing Set, GUNS, The Kraken Lives, Cavedwellers