…it’s almost always odd time signatures and heavy guitar for this guy…until now.
For those that know me and my music tastes, I normally write, record and listen to heavy prog rock music. It is essentially a razor-thin slice of the music genre spectrum, but that’s what makes me tick. I listen to blues rock and some other industrial bands but it’s almost always odd time signatures and heavy guitar for this guy…until now.
I’ve written about 6-7 acoustic tracks over the past 10 or so years but I haven’t done much with them. Some are ok, some are pretty good but most of them need some cleaning up in some capacity. I wrote them more out of boredom. I decided to knock the dust off of them after immersing myself with Alice in Chains and their Jar of Flies EP. I consider that to be the greatest EP ever written.
I chose the title “The Loudness War” as sort of a tongue in cheek take on acoustic music vs. heavy music but it also had a nice ring to it – I could see that being the title of a record in many different genres. If you want to find out more about the concept behind the name go here.
I never record vocals because I can’t sing – this is quite depressing but I’ve learned to deal with it over the years. I’m not going to destroy a potentially good song by singing poorly over it. The feel of this EP is similar to that of AIC and JOF – it’s got a light/dark sort of haunting quality to it. I plan to put alot of reverb on all the instrumentation but keep the volumes down to get that JOF type of sound. I want to introduce some subtle strings, pianos and some clean guitar licks. There have been a rash of deaths in my family over the past 6 months that has contributed to the mood on this record. It’s going to be dedicated to all of those folks.
I encourage anyone to check out the progress of this EP – it should be done in the next couple weeks but I wanted to put some of the work in progress (WIP) out on my Soundcloud channel anyway.
CLICK HERE to check out the playlist. Enjoy!