This is a very roughly recorded snippet of COME ON which Alex wrote last week before we did our recording sesh on the 15th Feb.
It’s a punky number and I literally learned the chords during the warm up that morning, Alex similarly put together the drums and I am only slightly disappointed that we never recorded the early takes of it because it was full of such amazing energy.
Playing this really knackered us out. Anyway, this is definately one for the future and I can’t wait to get my teeth stuck into it properly.
Just mixed this down after a day in the office doing some overtime. Dug out another track from the same recent session that the snippet of Blick is from (Alex on Drums and I’m just playing the Danelectro electric). I just popped a makeshift bassline on it to fatten it out a bit (thankfully without any blisters this time).
This track originates from a jam and was my attempt to get away from always playing blues/rock guitar chords and riffs. Originally it was a slow moody jazz piece with some amazingly simple but effective shuffle drums, but I wanted to put this snippet on the site because I really love the offbeat drums Alex puts down towards the end of this sample. Definately the funky end of jazz.
Antikrish are proud to present a very basic working demo of ‘Blick’ which was recorded using the Tascam a couple of months ago by Al and I; It represents the first of our new material and marks the first time we have recorded together since the new millenium kicked in.
Blick was always one of our favourite tracks to jam with because it’s one of those tracks that sounded reasonably good no matter how we were playing at the time given our familiarity of the song. From my personal perspective I (Kev) could stick to the basics if playing a bit rough, or improvise my nuts off if I’m feeling confident on a good day (rough translation = put in a few bendy twangs). This particular take is played with a much quicker tempo than normal (in an attempt to brighten things up and change the sound a little).
From memory, the song was originally written by Alex to try and write a track purely starting with the bass guitar first; which when you think about it, is pretty unorthadox and something I always really liked about the song. Over the years we fiddled with the track, put in some extra bits and it changed from a slow latin rock track to a progressive blues rock number.
I decided to add a bassline to the live recording in order to give a rough idea of how it would sound with a little more depth and I have to say I’m really happy with it after mixing down (I put the mixed master through Sony Soundforge Editing Suite to brighten things up a bit).
I would like to also point out that today saw me (Kev) play the bass properly for the first time in years; I now have a blister about the size of an M&M sweet located on both tips of my index fingers. If I were to describe the tight sensation on my fingers, I’d have to liken it to the feeling you get when you try and glue an airfix model airplane as a kid using superglue, get your thumb and index stuck together and then after you prize them free THAT is how my finger feels at the moment*.
More work in progress to follow shortly.
*Please do not try this at home. Antikrish.com does not accept any liability for people who ruin a promising career as a pianist by bonding their digits together with glue.
First major thing I recorded with the new setup. Drums programmed using beatcraft software (a nice little drum machine) and then 4 guitars played in a non-standard open tuning. Two tracks using the ovation accoustic directly into the desk, and two tracks using the Danelectro with a phase effect, and a distortion, both using the internal affects of the Tascam.
This track is a variation of a much older tune which Alex did with our mutual friend Glen (which I like very much and would like to redo), I felt like this was something of a ‘reprise’. I took the original main riff and put an awful lot of poncy string bends in mine. Just seeing what the desk can do really, and also myself after such a long time of not playing!
This one is a reworking of pretty old song written quite literally just as I started hanging out with Al. The original is quite a rock driven effort (and one of my fave tracks to play) , however we decided to try and pull it to pieces and re-record it in a ragtime /bluegrass style which at the time I thought was pretty funny, and now in reflection even more so because it was all recorded in the space of 3 hours and by far and most the easiest recording we ever put down. Guitars and drums first, then lead guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals and bass. One after another, it was such a hoot, a hootananannny even.
One of the later recordings, the retro percussion effect was just one of many obscure bits and bobs we found up at Crystal Palace in Roger’s t.v. repair shop which had a really obscure guitar shop in his flat upstairs. Add to this, although a really cool chap, he had the best 1970’s porn moustache and fringe haircut you’ve ever seen. Alas without Roger we would never have found all the great gadgets and I feel it is only right that we dedicate this to him.