Outta Here

June 25, 2010 10:39 AM

The Byrds meet Gary Glitter at a party hosted by Teenage Fanclub.

This is a song I wrote for my band Earcandy, but we never really did it justice, partly because we were a trio, and partly because I never really got the arrangement nailed before the band drifted apart. But I always had a sound for it in my head and this is pretty much it -- Byrdsy guitars and harmonies with Gary Glitter drums (and a side of Teenage Fanclub).

posted by unSane (10 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I like it. Sounds more like Pete Buck than Roger McGuinn, though. It could be a missing track from Dead Letter Office if you made a copy of it on a cassette and it lost a few generations.
posted by The World Famous at 1:02 PM on June 25, 2010


Yeah, those aren't 12-strings but a pair of jazzmasters, one capoed at the fifth. I learned to play guitar by listening to MURMUR so probably no coincidence on the Buck thing.
posted by unSane at 1:09 PM on June 25, 2010


Nice. Really nice mixing.
posted by Danf at 7:10 PM on June 25, 2010


Hey, this is great! I should have saved my Velvet Crush comment for this song, where it would be thematically appropriate.

Anyway, this is catchy and it has a nice little driving bop to it. Good stuff.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 12:30 AM on June 26, 2010


Great "immediate" sound. I like the vocal tone too (although, constructive not destructive crit, I think you perhaps need to watch the old intonation now and again). Nice one!
posted by MajorDundee at 11:33 AM on June 26, 2010


I have a real problem holding a tune when I'm singing loud. It's to do with breath control I think. It's not like I can't tell when I'm in pitch or not. It's one of the things I'm working on. I usually autotune it away but have been trying to wean myself off.
posted by unSane at 3:46 PM on June 26, 2010


Funnily enough, I'm the other way round - if I belt it out I have no problem with tuning, but if I'm holding back.....not so great: line by line takes, on/off axis issues, utter nightmare. I don't generally use autotune, not because of any sniffy aesthetic principle, but because I can always hear it - on my DAW anyway. The tone of your voice is good though and your awareness of the intonation problem suggests to me that you'll crack it sooner or later.
posted by MajorDundee at 4:21 PM on June 26, 2010


I think it's probably tension: I find it really hard to relax when singing loud because I have such a quiet voice it takes a lot of effort. Like most people, I guess, I can belt it out in the car with no problem, but put me in front of a mic and it's another story. For a long while I didn't sing because of it, but I realized it probably is under my control. But figuring out the physics of it is another matter.
posted by unSane at 4:34 PM on June 26, 2010


Like most people, I guess, I can belt it out in the car with no problem, but put me in front of a mic and it's another story.

Have you tried singing with monitors rather than headphones? Try to minimize bleed by pointing the mic away, but some bleed is fine. It might give you more of that "in the car" feeling.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 6:08 PM on June 26, 2010


Yeah, I've done that. I don't like the bleed you get, which really adds up when you have multiple tracks of backing vocals, although you can minimize it by recording a second take with no vocals and then playing that back out of phase with the vocal take. Most of the time I sing with one headphone off and that seems to work just as well. I think it's just practice probably.

One thing I have learned is that singing with loads of reverb and loud headphones will send you way off.
posted by unSane at 6:32 PM on June 26, 2010


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