So last week I put up a post featuring a new rough pass of a Lt. Snorkel track off of the album I'm planning to put out next year. It was a kind of spoof of both J-Rock and American J-Rock fans... and you can still grab it if you're interested (I recommend the "unfiltered" version).
Today I thought I'd post up the other two rough versions of tracks for that album that are done right now. They're very different from "J-Rock Song," but stylistically similar to some other stuff I've done in the past. Here they are:
"Another Requiem" is, simply, an angsty anti-angst song. Mostly I had this depressing melody in my head but didn't think I had anything to be depressed about... so I figured what the hell, I'd write a song about my frustrations listening to people who whine about how hard their life is while their parents pay for everything.
So, it's the anti-emo. Of course, now the instant I put a darker song on the album, I'm going to end up sounding like a hypocrite... but I think I can live with that. I figure I've done worse things in my life.
The other song, Thursday, is going to sound super familiar to any former Happy Wednesday fans... and any To Slay Zombie Newton fans too. Thursday, which basically fits into the "love songs I've written to my wife" niche, lifts it's song structure directly from the Song "Dead Birds." Dead Birds is a song which I originally wrote for the long defunct band Dead Ham(p)ster Tuesday, and later performed with the only more recently defunct band Happy Wednesday.
Can you figure out where the title came from?
In the metaphor for the song, the days of the week represent the various stages in my life, with Thursday being the current day I'm in (and Wednesday having just passed). The song also heavily lifts from the To Slay Zombie Newton song "Davnesaur" (including it's opening), which shares a chord progression with Dead Birds coincidentally.
This is, of course, because my wife Crysta and I both attended a concert for To Slay Zombie Newton in October 2006. We were so close together that I am in her pictures from that day. Except she and I hadn't met yet. And we still wouldn't meet until a few months later. That chance near-miss has always fascinated me, combined with the fact that the concert was in the backyard of a house we would later live together in... sort of makes a lot of To Slay Zombie Newton music a little more important.
Of course, in the middle, there's a break into "I would do anything for love" which is sampled directly from the Happy Wednesday cover of Davnesaur... when we broke into it randomly in the middle. So with that, Thursday needs to give performance credits to Matt Biedermann and Kevin "Kivar" Renstrom - as they provide guitar and drums for that small bit of the song (there is no bass in that particular recording).
Remember that these are rough passes - the songs may change before I finish the album. So if they aren't that good... well... don't say I didn't warn you.