MC Paul Denyer: First off… acoustic? No cheesy rap beats? But fun lyrics… ya know… I like this. First off, I was simply expecting what I had heard before, so to hear total improvement across the board… fucking cool. Nice FAT FAT guitars there on your… chorus? I’d say the only part that is a downer…is the moments it sounds like you’re catching your breath… and maybe the vocals are too low? ON my speakers they seem too buried. I really love the tone of your voice man… maybe my memory is way out here, but it seems much more… “real” than stuff of yours I heard before… sounds like someone doing their thing rather than trying to do someone else’s thing. I love the “punch ‘em in the nuts” part. That snare tone by the way, very nice. Yeah, I enjoyed that for two reasons…. Liked the piece, and liked that I recognized your name and got to hear a lot of development in your approach, tone, and mxing! Sweet.
Deetak: Right off, I like things about your voice, and don’t at the same time. I like the tone, the …timbre…but the excessive emotive point of view with the Chack like mumbling... sorry for the “past life” songfighter comparision but it fits. The harmony part is good… you know, if it was me, I’d tone down the “reaching to the depths of my soul emotive perspective” off the top, and then, when that chorus kicks in, it REALLY kicks in. All the harmonies are great so far… I like the mix of acoustic, piano, shaker:? Something taking up that territory… and the real sweet wandering bass. I dig the falsetto…”scrambling” moaning type thing. That’s a risky choice, but you make it work, and I personally don’t think that’s easy to accomplish, so right on. Pretty nice tune, well done.
Boltoph: I got tired of going in order of my list of ya, and jumped to ya. Nice jazzy intro man. I hope you realize what a gift your vocal tone is. You’re tone on “ohhh’s” is ALWAYS so fucking sweet. IT draws the ladies in man… you have that. (bastard…lo. That’s right, I laughed, but not out LOUD. Cause it wasn’t that funny... ) GREAT vocals.
The “guhgughgugh” before the chorus is ridiculously tight man. I always want more of your hard rocking riffs than the sweet stuff. Is that your kit? Sounds shit loads better than other tracks from a year or so ago when you got it. Is that you drumming? Why is your solo so buried… it sounds buried on my speakers… NICE appregio riff… okay, I guess I love the sweet stuff too, but you know me.. I want to rock it more often than not. FUCK that bit before the chorus is like the fucking hook for me!! CHU CHU CHU!!! Yea!! Hahah.
Seriously, that part makes me wet every time. Fuck, that chorus harmony has me thinking I’m listening to Journey or… who sings “more than a feeling”… oh yah, BOSTON how appropriate..(but is it Boston in four.. hmmm? We'll see on that one. ) That was sweet man, but now I got to listen without typing to catch that solo cause it was hiding somewhere, I swear to god!! Excellent. Glad to see the Attention Deficit audience is receiving a lot of love from Songfight these days. (Dude I took NO time to even figure what your lyrics were… snicker… I was all grooving out to just the music… so… let’s try listening again… hey, maybe that solo should crank right up in the second half of it…then you sink into the track trying to hear the solo, and get suckered by the nice ambient heavy, and THEN!! BOOM!! The solo kicks your head in for a minute before chillin out on the jazzy bit and then… CHU CHU CHU!!! HYEA!!
Just a thought.
:Let’s not neglect how sweet it is to hear one dude sound like a band, with good and great tones through out. I think you’re snare tone is too paperish. Toms sound nice and huge… which I personally like. Great track man. I’m looking forward to playing it for Dana!
Wreckdom: Cinnamon? So far, I’m fucking loving it. What happened to Wreckdom being annoying to be annoying. Now, I’m hearing fucking art. I love it. Seafoam? This is FUCKING great. I’m sure I’ve possibly (sure possibly… ah, the politician emerges…) but really, sure, you might let the comment about being annoying bother you, oh well. Suck it up. Cause this track, is FUCKING COOL. Total fucking cool. Love it. Absolutely nothing that I have say negative about this. Also, HAD to listen again. Who’s voice is that on the “can’t piss on hospitality” bit? Cool voice. You know, off the top of my head, I've always kinda dug your perspective, but not your presentation of ideas... this is going back like two, three years ago now. But, two "things" stick out that I dug. This one has me wanting to go in the archive and see what else you've been up to. I'm aware this has more conventional structure and a steady beat... but ...hello.. I like that kinda thing. So, awesome, thanks.
Berkely Social Scene I loved the intro. Vocals seem buried compared to the main riff, which seems a tad too dominant. Anyone else hear that or what? ( I ask this cause I’m getting very frustrated by my mixing environment… it needs attention an d treatments, of which I just have neither right now). I think I here Ken’s vocals on the chorus… do I? This is very good. Almost sounds like if the Barenaked Ladies went hard rock. I like the shift to the shuffled 6/8 vibe there in the middle. I love the tightness of this, the different parts, very fun. The angry vocals in the middle bits…very nice. (angry=nice…heh heh). Great groove Ken . I’m assuming that’s Ken. The toms sound very nice, very woody but tonal. In my room, at this volume, seesm there’s some sibilant stuff going on. Damn, I wish I had more technical skill that would give me the language beyond “sibilant stuff”… sigh. Still, that was great, thanks.
Jolly Roger: Right away I was digging it. Have you listened to Laundry, Tim Herb from Primus’ solo band? This sounds a lot like that, but with WAY better vocals. Dude. I LOVE IT right away. Funky, SWWEEETT pocket on the drums and bass…just gelled real nice. And you’re vocals are inspiring. So… fuck yea. I LOVE the depth…. This is the kind of grooves I remember just sitting back, in an open yard in the summer on Quadra… laying out the groove…so I also appreciate how the vibe put me in a place. I’d appreciate a clever bridge of tonal textures that approaches a melody but still has lots of layer to it…but that’ s just cause even at 37, my ADD demands a lot of diversion. So far, my fav, I love the swampyness of it. (not much of a review, more a wank fest, but in my books you deserved it so… whatever…)
South Sycamore Wheelbarrow Factory Ensemble: I always get a Blue Monday flash back when a kick starts the tune. This simply sounds like someone with a lot of ideas and passion, and a vision for what they want, but either not enough time, or enough skill to pull it off. The mix is unbalanced for me, the musicianship is too loose and mistake ridden for me to say “yeah!”… it really all sounds to me like “you can do better, way better”. It should be obvious that there is something about it I appreciate and am drawn too, but I know enough to know I won’t listen to it much again, if at all.
Manhattan Glutton: Well let’s get the first bits out the way: your tone is sweet. In fact, the whole thing sounds sonically great.
I dig the separation on that laid back part … things going on all over, but gelling well. The rocking bits remind me of more modern alternative rock sounds that to me are birthed from that “White Zombie” meets NIN thing… but I barely listened to those groups..well, white zombie I did… not saying this is what you’re going for, just saying what it makes me think of. You’re solo reminds me of U2 for some reason… lol. Are drums live or programmed? The intro reminds me of Pink Floyd. I like it.
You’re lyrics made sense to me right away, probably the first tune to do that for me that I’ve listened too. Great mix. Alice in Chains came to mind there… on the harmony bits on the part that was off the top? Not sure how you’re labeling you’re parts. See, I’d mix the guitars down if it was me… so we clearly see that type (see..hear?) of thing differently. I liked. Nice vocal tone too.
Still to go:
MK and LC
Paco del Stinko
The Sky looks pissed
MC Joe Buddy
The Weakest Suit
The King of Quoons
... If Im missing someone, please let me know!