This song was created to set the tone and feel like an entrance into our world. So we decided to record one track of each type of synth that we used in the remainder of the album. There is no percussion or vocals in this one, even the sound that resembles an animal noise is just a synth run through a distortion and pitch shifter and several other effects.
2. Trapeze Artist Regrets
This track showcases the bass of the Moog Sub Phatty, something that we use quite a bit for our bass sounds, as well as our live shows. In the breakdown, the voice being sampled is Brendan Perry - if someone can guess the song title then we’ll buy you a drink at our next show.
3. Easy to Lie
Our first track on the album with guitar, we ran the guitar through a boss overdrive pedal as well as our Fender Twin amp, which has a nice bite to it. Then we did some additional processing on the back end until we got the sound to a point where it resembled the noise of a mythological creature. The pads in this song are created from a Korg MonoPoly.
4. Rise and Fall
For this track, we used quite a bit of sounds from the U-He Zebra Synth. You can create great weird and complex sounds with this synth, the only problem is that they tend to never sound the same way twice. So we have to bounce the sound down over and over until it sounds exactly the way we want it - then we can reproduce it the way we like it every time. It’s a tedious process, but sometimes it has to be that way to get the sounds you want.
For this track we wanted the vocals to have a cold, almost endless sounding reverb. Fortunately for us, we have a friend with access to a water tower and we were allowed to record the vocals for this track inside. We were quite happy with how it turned out, as though our voices are traveling down a long, long tunnel.
6. Sky Machine
As with many of the tracks here, the bass has multiple layers. There is always at least one layer to provide the deep lower frequencies and another to provide the higher more specifically audible frequencies. For this track as well as Easy to Lie and a few others, one of the bass layers is actually a live bass guitar. It isn’t run through too many effects since we’re just trying to capture the raw live bass sound, usually there’s just a bit of chorus or overdrive to bring out some of that upper-mid pick sound that we love.
7. Strange Telepathy
This song has gone through many incarnations, it originally began as a track with 808-style percussion, but when the vocals started to form we abandoned that idea for sounds that had a more trippy and mind-bending effect, to match with the lyrical theme. We ran nearly all of the synth sounds through tremolo pedals at opposing frequencies and the result was cool, so we just ran with it.
8. Young Rivals
The percussion in this one, like most of our tracks, does not come entirely from one kit or package but includes samples from Vengeance, Illmind, and iDrum. The toms in the pre chorus are from the onboard kit that comes with the Roland SPD-SX, which we use in all our live shows. The string melody in the verses comes from a Novation UltraNova.
The pretty-sounding pads from this track come from a Roland Juno 60, Brandon’s favorite synth and one he’s had for over 10 years. It also utilizes pitch bendy synths at the end, which we find ourselves using again and again. It just gives the songs more of an organic feel when we feel they might be getting a little too rigid and digital.
10. Outer Lines
With this track we have a silent kick causing a side chain effect on the strings, which creates that pulsing effect that we sometimes like to use. For the chorus we wanted it to sound like more than just the 2 of us shouting, so we recorded about 8 vocal tracks and shifted the tones slightly so that it sounded like different people.
11. Ghost Craft
This track was made specifically to end the album. The feeling here is that you are sailing away from our world, after your brief visit. So we had the same format as with the first track, using one of each synth from the album on the song, but with the addition of some percussion and vocals. The piano is recorded from an old Steinway in the lobby of a friend’s apartment complex.
Night Drive is released on 16 June via Roll Call Records. To pre-order the album visit fanlink.to/NightDriveAlbum