Hey ya'll, how's it going?
Here'r some thoughts I typed up for ya, to let you know I was listening and all.
Last time I was in a Songfight, I swore I'd do reviews, but never delivered. Wanted to make sure I got these in, this time.
Kind of out of tune, intro's a bit long but the violins are pleasant in a quaint way. Tough to see how this relates to "Ring Them Bells" but I was in Portland Maine a few weeks ago and this music would do perfectly while putting on a nice buzz at one of those wraught-iron / brick alley pubs that they have there right on the harbor.
Berkeley Social Scene
Nice tight and rockin. One thing I always hear with you guys is that bass and always drums sound like they're produced "vintage" style, like Beatles style, but the guitars and vox sound big and 2000-ish. (if that makes any sense). Anyway it's a cool signature thing that I feel about you guys' sound. I like the first bridge although I thought you could have doubled the length of each chord change, since a couple at the end are sort of unexpected, staying on them a little longer would help feel that tonality more, give me time to bite onto it (I speak of the bridge, only, with that last comment). The stop/breakdown 3/4 the way through with the bells, the ending is sweet, like Portishead sweet. The ending is definitely my favorite part.
I like the bare guitar and wanton beat. Needs a fat bass. The chorus vocal and instruments don't fit together well though, and that lead guitar on the right could be doing some chords instead of those high notes. The reverse swells and reverse guitar parts, too.
Aw yeah. This is rockin. Ring them. Damn right, driving me crazy. Needs chick vocal. And halfway through the verses, the vocal sounds like it wants to move to something higher. I think a changing vocal line halfway through the verse would spice it up a bit. Even though it's already pretty spicy what with those horns and such. In a room with a bunch of musicians you've never met, this song would be so doable and so much fun. Keepin' it simple, and gritty. I dig that.
Sounds interesting somewhere halfway through the verses. Halfway through the verse is my favorite part of songs, in general. I think if you had some drums on this, you might then want to re-record with the bass following the drums in tighter fashion, but I think without drums this would benefit from a more legato bass, like hitting the notes less times. I think the song would feel better with a clean legato bass, and a single acoustic or clean(er) electric guitar with a tiny bit of organ on top. I like when you sing the "happy now..." line, the last time.
I really like where this is going right off the start with that low organ pedal, all bassy and smooth. This sounds like an Indian death chant and it's the death bells, bring them home. I like that chorus too, it's so familiar sounding, it's a hook. Nice lyrics. I would like to hear a wooden flute-type instrument, low and dark like what would do moonless night, justice. Would also sound real damn good with Johnny Cash circa 1968 and his band playing it.
Wanted to hear that "we're on a road trip" melody repeated more often, but it's jammin. Wanted more chorus, longer chorus action. Some nice hooks in there and a nice kicking bass drum.
Ring the lunch bell. I like when it gets heavy and the vocal reminds me of System of a Down. It's like SoD meets Pixies and I like that about it. Lots of room in the choruses to be made into a stunningly dark and brooding metal-fest.
Paco del Stinko
Reminds me of Ween right off the bat, I love the little guitar fills in the verses. Maybe it's the slapstick vocal that makes me think of Ween. I really dig the choruses, and the clean acoustic guitar throughout, nice punch and ring on the low notes. I'd rather hear a warmer vocal with less reverb and a slightly more-lo-cut tube pre run semi-hot. The "ring them bells" after "gel" is so Johnny Cash-ish, love it.
Panna Cotta Army
Really nice vintage tones and style, I like the intricacies of the solo section and that hyper piano part. Nice work on the drum production too. Very nice all around vibe and performance and I really just dig the feel of this, the 1-2 thump of that bass with the original drum kit and then the samples or enhanced drum kit. And the vocal is well developed and fun.
Rosemary Leonard Art Studio
Very interesting variation for the first quarter of the song. I like the sound of the thunder and rain but can't help thinking bells would be more fitting. All sorts of weird bells, interrupted here or there by a bit of vocal and trumpet. Cool piano line and ending. Reminds me of feet crunching on snow.
I really like the song, how it turns at the end of each verse phrase. While I totally understand the Scarlet Begonias reference, hearing that line every time is a little much for me. I think that there are always new words and phrases waiting, to describe a woman so why 'rings on her fingers and bells on her toes' so many times, that's all I'd say. My only gripe is the number of times you sang that line. The ending is really sweet. That hook line is fantastic.
Signboy Feat. Rone Rivendale
It's like 311 on acid. Seriously, the metal jamming and erratic vocal and especially the bits of what sounds like harmony vocals. Should've tightened up that vocal rhythm, and more harmony vocals. Make the choruses more distinguished from the verses. I like when you move up on that last line before the break halfway through. Those guitars are badass.
The Weakest Suit
Oh yeah Pixies all the way. Ring 'em. Nice ending to the songfight, too. Could use another chord section beyond the one that keeps repeating. And some jingle bell samples.
glennny wrote:Boltoph- The haunting beginning is very ominous and cool, but I don’t get how it relates.
Yo glennny, the intro haunting is ghosts, it's a church choir, it's a cold breeze in a graveyard, that sort of thing. I was inspired to write this after being at a funeral last week. Life always ends the same for everyone. I thought about dying, then I thought about what it'd be like: "one last look, half a thought, etc". Ring them bells proud and loud means "take it (life and death) like a man" or something like that. Funeral bells, ring them loud, proud. It was way too slow though, I should have sped it up at least ten bpm.