Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

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Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (walker) » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:53 pm

Here's a ditty that came about from a collab with drummer/singer Deb Valle. We pounded this out "flying-by-the-seat-of-our-pants" style to submit for an album that the drum forum she's a member of is putting out. (Not sure which one - will follow up with that.) The name of the band/project is Astrochick 2000. Hey - why not?

'Build Your Castle'

I wrote the music and Deb wrote the words and came up with the vocal melodies. She drummed and sang; I did the basses and guitars. It initially came about after I tossed a bunch of spare riffs at her that I had been tossing around. Out of all the stuff I exposed her to, she chose the bizarre ||6/8, 7/8, 6/8, 8/8|| riff that ended up being the breakdown section. The rest of the song was built off of that.

Featuring the '68 4001 MG on both bass parts:

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Re: Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (walker) » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:18 pm

Just for kicks & giggles, here's an outtake from the breakdown section:

'Build Your Castle' breakdown
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Re: Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (beatbyrd) » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:38 am

I could be hallucinating, but it sure sounds like you had the Bangles over, got them a bit ripped, and then recorded. I could swear that I hear Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson on those vocals. You got that Rick sounding really nice. Good stuff, as usual. Tom
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Re: Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (walker) » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:21 am

Oh, wouldn't THAT be the dream session! And umm... sure! That's exactly how it went down!

Deb's played drums for a long time, but never sang on a recording before, or live for that matter. She could really do something with those pipes if she kept at it. Funny you mentioned the Bangles - I thought I heard a little bit of 80's band cohorts The Go Go's Belinda Carlisle in what she was doing. Someone else mentioned Joan Osbourne. I totally hear the Susanna Hoffs connection now, too.
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Re: Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (walker) » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:37 pm

For those interested, this project was established on the Billy Ward website/forum.

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Re: Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (walker) » Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:11 pm

After the dust settled from the "hurry-up offense mix," I did a remix and finessed it a bit. It's a markedly better sounding mix, especially the bass part in the middle, which I completely retracked after realizing that the original line was way out of tune. Awesome.

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Re: Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (ricmic) » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:24 am

Great tune Bro. You're right, she has got great pipes. Being a bass player and a big fan of your 68, I would have liked a little more of it in the mix. Still a great tune. You keep playing it Mark and I'll keep listening. Mark
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Re: Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (walker) » Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:58 pm

Thanks, Mark. I actually pride myself on being able to keep the bass in a little more subdued role in this tune, as opposed to my usual dominant preference! (Except for the solo section, of course.)
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Re: Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (jps) » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:05 pm

The second mix sounds great, with the big midrange dip in the bass it definitely has a more subdude 8) feel to it as it has more bottom end being emphasized to just fill out the song.
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Re: Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (walker) » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:44 pm

Zackly, Jeffrey. And I think those who may complain that the 4001 doesn't have decent warmth in the bottom end >>>koff koff Geddy Lee koff koff<<< just haven't found the sweet spot within their amp's tone controls.
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Re: Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (walker) » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:23 pm

And here's an OCBDM (Obsessive-Compulsive-Bass&Drum-Mix) for those who may be interested in hearing the bass relatively isolated:

Build Your Castle (Drum & Bass mix)
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Re: Astrochick 2000 - Build Your Castle

Postby (jps) » Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:19 pm

Lots of clicky high end along with that bottom end. 8) Kind of nu-metal, Fieldy-like, eh?
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