And another

by mike ~ December 23, 2008

Got bass done on “Status Quo” last night.  That’s 8 bass tracks done now.  With any luck I’ll get the other two done this week.

I’d always “heard” and expected to have a guitar solo in this song, so I left a “space” in the song for one all along while demoing it.  I spent a good 30 minutes last night trying to come up with a solo.  This was always going to be the token “grunge” song on the album (which will otherwise be a bit more “indie” rock, whatever that means, with hints of alternative rock, though this is of course subject to change as I put it together), and so I’d wanted a “Jerry Cantrell” style solo in my head, but I couldn’t come up with anything I liked.  I had the idea to try a slide guitar solo, but couldn’t find my slide.  So I experimented.  Threw some crazy effects on the solo track and tried out a few ideas.

I went with some some wacky synth-sounding effect on the track that I liked, played a simple melodic solo over that section and got a neat John Frusciante thing going on.  Also threw in this little stuttery/funky guitar thing in the verses.  It totally changed the feel of the song, and I think I like it.  It had a Nirvana/Alice in Chains vibe before, and now it’s got more of an Audioslave/Chili Peppers (Stadium Arcadium era) vibe in there as well.  Cool stuff.  I love when songs just evolve like that.  The whole is totally greater than the sum of its parts.

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