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First single from my band's upcoming album!
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:08:54 PM »
I joined a local all-original rock band (KGB) as the lead guitarist a year ago and we've been busy in my home studio since Thanksgiving working on a pair of full length albums (20 songs). Here is a link to the first single, Rock and Roll Shoes, hot off the presses. Probably not the "final final" mix that will be on the album, but it's pretty damn close. Check it out and crank it up!

http://www.reverbnation.com/thekgbband/song/20126820-rock-and-roll-shoes

Our ReverbNation page is "The KGB Band". Our Facebook page is "The KGB Band" as well.

FWIW, KGB was the initials of the founding members back in 2011, but it doesn't mean anything now.
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Re: First single from my band's upcoming album!
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2014, 05:38:38 AM »
Cool!  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2014, 05:42:32 AM »
That is freaking excellent news, Garry. Congrats.
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Re: First single from my band's upcoming album!
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2014, 06:25:54 AM »
So that's where you've had your head buried lately (not that I didn't already know that).  :lol:

Congrats!

I can't wait to buy the albums.
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Re: First single from my band's upcoming album!
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014, 06:53:22 AM »
I can't wait to buy the albums.

We're thinking primarily digital distribution. The albums will be free downloads if you sign up for the band mailing list on ReverbNation. There will also be options to buy songs via iTunes (or whatever) if you want to support the band and help fund the next round of recording. We need fans to show up at gigs more than money right now hence the free downloads to try to build a buzz/following.

The song I posted is more fluffy than most of our stuff, but it got the nod to be the first to escape. The next one will rock pretty hard.
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2014, 08:27:18 AM »
Makes me wanna dance. 

Not something you'd want to see, mind you.

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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2014, 09:15:42 AM »
It is great to see a dream come to fruition . . . .very well done!

keep us up to date on further developments, pleaseanadthankyousir!
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2014, 09:46:07 AM »
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2014, 10:58:49 AM »
Way cool.  Downloaded!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2014, 11:12:17 AM »
Cool. Nice production. Real drums recorded at your house?
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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2014, 12:30:41 PM »
Real drums in my crappy single car garage. I did spend some money buying Owens-Corning 703 to tame the horrid concrete/cinder block bunker sound. Because I could only record 8 tracks in one pass, I had to submix all the toms and cymbals into a stereo track. Kick and snare were on separate tracks. Scratch tracks for bass, two guitars, and lead vocal took up the other four tracks.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I did spend a stupid amount of time triggering kick and snare samples (post-production) that are blended in with the original tracks (about 50/50). So in a sense, the drums got a boob job. I couldn't quite get what I wanted via EQ/etc, so that was Plan B. I should have allocated more time to set up the drum sounds before the band showed up as I have managed to get good drum sounds in there in the past. I settled for "good enough, fix it in the mix", and I know I should never settle. We had a tight schedule and knocked out basic tracks for 20 songs in 3 days (Thanksgiving weekend). This was the drummers first try at recording to a click track too.
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Re: First single from my band's upcoming album!
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2014, 12:36:31 PM »
 :bigok:

A little like Fabulous T-birds. Minus the harmonica of course. Looking forward to the whole album.
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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2014, 07:59:38 PM »
Wonder how many times I'll hear this on the way to the Spring Meet :clap: Like the harp
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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2014, 10:48:02 PM »

  Great job on that Gary.  :clap:

  You play that guitar as good as you carve corners. :thumbsup:
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Re: First single from my band's upcoming album!
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2014, 10:52:06 PM »
Sounds good, Gary. Well done. Please post the iTunes link when it's available.

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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2014, 12:20:43 AM »
Sounds great.  Nice work.
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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2014, 05:24:25 AM »
You can download it FREE right now from the ReverbNation page. All our music will be free to share. We have to upgrade to a (not free) account on ReverbNation to get the digital distribution stuff turned on. That probably won't happen until the first album is done.
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Re: First single from my band's upcoming album!
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2014, 07:14:40 AM »
Real drums in my crappy single car garage. I did spend some money buying Owens-Corning 703 to tame the horrid concrete/cinder block bunker sound. Because I could only record 8 tracks in one pass, I had to submix all the toms and cymbals into a stereo track. Kick and snare were on separate tracks. Scratch tracks for bass, two guitars, and lead vocal took up the other four tracks.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I did spend a stupid amount of time triggering kick and snare samples (post-production) that are blended in with the original tracks (about 50/50). So in a sense, the drums got a boob job. I couldn't quite get what I wanted via EQ/etc, so that was Plan B. I should have allocated more time to set up the drum sounds before the band showed up as I have managed to get good drum sounds in there in the past. I settled for "good enough, fix it in the mix", and I know I should never settle. We had a tight schedule and knocked out basic tracks for 20 songs in 3 days (Thanksgiving weekend). This was the drummers first try at recording to a click track too.

I think it sounds pretty darn good. An audio/production guy might notice. I like working with a click, most times. One church where I used to play runs a click for just about everything. Where I currently play the blinking light on the Roland brain is my guide.
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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2014, 07:40:06 AM »
Our drummer is a good guy to work with, but doesn't keep great time. Since we were going to be overdubbing everything except the drums, the time needed to be rock steady because there's no eye contact when overdubbing. We practiced with a click for a month before recording to get him used to it, but if you solo the drum tracks the slight ebb and flow is audible as he slips off the click and tries to get back on it. He's pretty good at keeping in the pocket with the click on basic kick/snare/hat stuff.  Long, busy fills are the hardest part. There are plenty of little glitches, but aside from drummers, most people won't notice anything.

The O-C 703 did a fine job of taming the garage. I used 2" thick panels to kill the mid/high ring and spread them all over. I made a couple big bass traps out of 4" thick panels to suck up the low end. The lead singer/guitarist and bass player were both running direct, in the garage with drummer so they could see each other. There is a tiny bit of scratch vocal bleed in the overhead mics that you can hear when solo'd, that you would never hear in the final mix. The fact they were in the room with the drums combined with the marginal acoustics, meant that I couldn't use a room mic on the drums in addition to the close mics. I like a natural drum sound and a well-placed room mic in a nice space can add a lot.

As an aside, we're not using any guitar amps for the recordings either. All electric guitar tracks are DI'd and we're using the Overloud TH2 amp simulator plug-in in my DAW software (Sonar X2 Producer) for all the guitar sounds. It's way cool to have the flexibility to change amps, cabinets, mics, mic position, and effects all the way to mixdown. It makes recording guitar parts simpler because you just have to pick the right guitar for the tone you want (Les Paul, Strat, whatever) and focus on playing it well, not nailing the final tone at the same time. The presets in the Overloud stuff are mostly crap, but you can craft very respectable tones if you start from scratch and build your own sounds.

We're just a local band of old guys (in our 50s) having some fun writing songs and playing with bands half our age. No aspirations other than wanting to share the music and have something to listen to and show our grandkids when we're in "Glory Days" mode in our rocking chairs on the front porch of the nursing home :-)

Well, building a enough of a following to play nicer/bigger gigs for better money to a consistently good crowd would be nice :=)
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