Monday, March 27, 2017

Behind the Soundtrack - "Your Message Has Been Deleted"

This is easily one of my two favorite songs on the album. I'm really proud of the arrangement. The opening riff is a force to be reckoned with, and I want to jump up and down whenever the Grosso Brothers Band plays it live.

This is the only drum track on the album recorded without a snare mic, and in some ways I like this drum mix the best as a result. I'd love to say it was intentional, but the truth is I forgot to hook up the XLR cable to the mixing board before I hit record. At first I didn't even realize I was only using two mics (a kick drum and overhead) because the overhead mic had done such a great job picking it up.

The lesson here is you never manage to record the sound you want, but you may discover the sound you didn't know you wanted. 

Another fun fact: at one point I tried playing the opening bars before the drums and distortion kick in with an acoustic guitar. I almost released it that way, too, and I would've had no regrets if I'd done that. It sounded great both ways, but just like writers and teachers are always making decisions, so are musicians, especially in the studio.

I didn't realize it at the time, but there's a half-time riff in this one that is very much inspired by Carla Azar and Autolux, a drummer and band name-dropped in the book.

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